Tottenham Hotspur fans will be forgiven if they’re starting to believe that Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t realised the transfer window is actually open, as the Lilywhites stand as the only Premier League side yet to secure a signing in the close-season.
Kyle Walker has, of course, decided the grass is greener elsewhere, though the blow his departure handed Spurs will have certainly been appeased by the £50m they received from Manchester City, but fans are concerned by their side’s lack of activity.
Thankfully, it seems Daniel Levy has remembered the pin to his credit card and Pochettino’s side look set to secure their first signing of the window – with The Sun citing reports from Portugal that indicate the Lilywhites are ‘closing in’ on the signature of Jeremy Toljan from Hoffenheim.
22-year-old Toljan won the U21 European Championships with Germany last month but has just a year remaining on his deal with his current Bundesliga employers, meaning Pochettino could secure a cut-price deal for the highly-rated full-back.
Whilst Spurs fans will probably be content with their current wide options, with Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier likely to be first-choice for the forthcoming season, Toljan’s arrival would significantly improve the depth at Pochettino’s disposal and the fact he can play on either flank is a huge boost.
Spurs will need the depth of their squad next season due to their desires to challenge both domestically and in Europe, which opens the door for Toljan to be a solid addition to Pochettino’s ranks even if he isn’t a guaranteed starter.
That said, the World Cup next summer could play a big part in Toljan’s decision as he’ll be keen to make Joachim Lowe’s squad for the tournament in Russia and his chances of achieving his goal may be effected by limited opportunities in North London.