Rob says: That’s correct, We understand that Spurs have no interest in signing Lingard from Manchester United before the transfer deadline.
AkashSpurs – Hello and Good Afternoon Rob,hope you are doing well. My first question is regarding the striker situation. Is it true we could still move for Sorloth as Leipzig have blocked a move? Also, is there a chance of us paying the fee quoted for Wout Weghorst?
Rob says: Good afternoon, we understand that Spurs aren’t in for Sorloth before the transfer deadline. We also understand that talk of a move for Weghorst is wide of the mark.
MattJ012 – Hi Rob, is there anything on Weghorst to Tottenham? And is there anything on Sorloth to Tottenham again as well? He’s had his medial cancelled and apparently either us or Manchester United have gone in for him?
Rob says: Hi Matt, there has been a lot of talk about a move for Sorloth recently but Spurs aren’t in for him. We also understand that speculation over a move for Weghorst is also wide of the mark.
Ben Cornelius: Hi Rob, it seems Jose is planning on a back 3. Who do you see that being? Toby, Sanchez and Dier? Or do you think Davies might be incorporated into a back 3?
Rob says: Hi Ben, on paper you would think it would be Alderweireld, Sanchez and Dier as they’re the three first-choice defenders at the club if he elects to switch to a three-man defence. Davies is certainly an option given he has been used there in the past for Spurs and also on international duty for Wales. I wouldn’t count out Tanganga as his pace could be very useful in a back three.
Carbondust – Why aren’t Spurs in for Rhian Brewster?
Rob says: I think Jose Mourinho will instead be looking for a proven player in his quest to bring in a striker. Brewster has only played a handful of first-team games and he wouldn’t exactly come cheap. The club already have a very good young striker in Troy Parrott and it wouldn’t make sense spending millions to bring in a player who is similar to Parrott in terms of experience.
AkashSpurs – Hi Rob, how dependent are we on outgoings for acquiring a CB? If players like Dias are out of our price range, would it be possible to actually raise the money through player sales?
Rob says: A striker is priority first and foremost as Spurs need somebody to come in and provide cover for Harry Kane. They will then look at signing a centre-back but they will need to raise money through player sales in order for Mourinho to strengthen at the back.
Jam1e – Hi Rob, I’ve heard rumours that Ruben Dias and Weghorst are two players Spurs are very interested in. Is this true and is a there a chance we can see them in a Spurs shirt?
Rob says: Talk of Spurs moving for Weghorst before the transfer deadline is wide of the mark. Ruben Dias is a player Jose Mourinho is a big fan of but a striker is priority first before looking to sign a centre-back. Spurs will need to raise money through players sales for them to bring in a defender.
Kwame42 – Please tell me whether the future of Bergwijn is in doubt with Bale’s arrival
Rob says: Steven Bergwijn’s future isn’t going to be in doubt because of the arrival of Gareth Bale. Spurs had looked at the player for a long time before buying him in January and he’s definitely one for the long-term future. There are so many games coming up this season in four competitions and Mourinho is going to need a lot of options. There will be plenty of game time for the Dutchman.
RichardStern – Hi Rob, what’s the situation with Spurs’s homegrown player squad numbers for PL/Europa after the 2 signings the other day? Presumably we now need to sell a few players??
Rob says: Spurs’ big number of foreign players has been a major issue over the past couple of seasons when it’s come to naming a European squad. The club do need to move on a couple ideally and that could well happen before the end of the transfer window. Allowing players on the periphery of the first team like Juan Foyth and Paulo Gazzaniga to move would help out.
AkashSpurs – How likely is it that the Ndombele-Hojbjerg-Lo Celso midfield is the one that Jose has in his mind to take us to the next level?
Rob says: That’s the midfield all Spurs fans want to start and fingers crossed we’ll see that. We’ll know a lot more once Ndombele and Lo Celso are back to full fitness but both showed on Sunday how important they are to the team. A front three of Bale, Son and Kane playing ahead of Hojbjerg, Lo Celso and Ndombele would be something special.
DistantMemory1 – Hi there, Is it possible for us to buy Wout Weghorst?
Rob says: We understand that talk of a move for Weghorst is wide of the mark.
TheRealMrFantasic – Also Rob, if we sell some players, such as Foyth, could we raise the funds for a Ruben Dias? Could he fall under the category of “too good to turn down” like Bergwijn and Regulion?
Rob says: Spurs would need to raise quite a lot of money if they want to sign Dias from Benfica before the deadline. He reportedly has an £80m clause in his contract and that will be out of their price range. Obviously Spurs would try and drive the price right down if they attempt to move for him, but a new striker is priority first and foremost.
Elliot Graham – Also – with a number of Leyton Orient players testing positive for CV-19 is it more likely that we will be awarded the win rather than a postponement with our crazy schedule?
Rob says: We’ll hopefully find out soon enough over what will be happening with the game. The problem would be fitting it into Spurs’ crazy schedule if it’s postponed.
MrScrogg – Do you feel that we are placing ourselves in a risky position in the future with all of the transfers taking place, given the current state of the economy, and the clubs financial position? (i.e. Leeds and Fulham previously)
Rob says: Spurs are only going to spend within their means and hopefully there will be a bit of money coming into the club through player sales. It’s not like the club have splashed the cash like Chelsea have this summer as they’ve spent big trying to upgrade their squad. The club have done some very smart business so far and have got some excellent deals in Doherty and Hojbjerg.
bm123 – Hi Rob, what are the chances of Bale staying for another season. Nobody else reported we have another year and do you think it’s likely if we have it we would use it?
Rob says: I think there’s a good chance because he clearly doesn’t have a future at Real Madrid. We understand there is an option to keep the player for longer and hopefully that will happen as he can be a major part of Mourinho’s team.
TheRealMrFantasic – Is Dele Alli going anywhere? What price would it take to sell?
Rob says: The message coming out of Spurs is that they do not expect the player to depart during this window and that he is a part of Mourinho’s plans. However, the head coach’s comments after the game didn’t suggest that his future is set in stone and he will definitely be at Spurs. We’ll have to see what the next two weeks brings but they would want a big fee if he is to leave.
MrGlazer – Hi Rob, What is your take on Gedson Fernandes’ situation in this squad? Are we likely to loan him out or sell him on this season or the next at all?
Rob says: I just don’t see where he gets in the Spurs XI in the league unless there are a number of injuries. Carabao Cup and Europa League is his best chance of playing, yet he wasn’t even included in the squad vs Plovdiv. He’s Benfica’s player to either sell or loan out as he joined Spurs on an 18-month loan in January with an option to buy. Spurs could maybe decide to cancel the loan if they so wished.
Sonsational – Also, Tottenham had a really great game yesterday, and with Bale and Reguilon, where now do you see Tottenham at the end of the season? What trophies?
Rob says: I believe Spurs will win a trophy this season. Jose has plenty of experience winning the League Cup and Europa League so it could be one of those two depending on how they do given the amount of games coming up in both comps this month. Top-four finish as well.
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Sonsational – Hi, Rob. How will Tottenham’s XI look? It would be great to have Reguilon and Doherty play on either flanks, but it will leave only two defenders, and if you go with a back 3, then you have to take out either Ndombele, Lo Celso, or Hojbjerg/Winks.
Rob says: It’s going to be really interesting to see the starting XI once everyone is fit. A back three would be ideal to get the best out of Doherty and Reguilon, yet, as you point out, you then lose one in midfield. Could Dier maybe start in a three-man defence and then step up into midfield to support Lo Celso and Ndombele when needed?! We’ll find out soon enough when Mourinho has everyone available.