Watch: David Ornstein outlines Tottenham’s next transfer move
Transfer insider David Ornstein has given a new interview in which he’s outlined the goings on at Tottenham this summer.
It’s been an ambitious transfer window for Spurs so far, bringing in Richarlison, Yves Bissouma and Djed Spence to the tune of a combined £90million, while bolstering Antonio Conte’s squad further with the free acquisitions of Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic, plus France international Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona.
Conte’s men pipped north London rivals Arsenal to a top-four finish last term, and have evidently used the promise of Champions League football next season to build things further.
And, according to The Athletic journalist Ornstein, we may yet see further movement in the window.
In the 10-minute conversation with Tottenham writer Jack Pitt-Brooke, the pair discuss the shift in strategy from chairman Daniel Levy and the club’s summer business so far.
“[Creative midfielder] is where we might just see someone come in before the window shuts,” Ornstein said, speaking on The Athletic’s Youtube channel.
“I think this is really the one missing piece of the Tottenham squad – what if they want to play a different way?” responded Pitt-Brooke.
“What if they want to play a different way? If they want to play a 3-4-3, I don’t think they really need James Maddison. They’ve got four fantastic central midfielders, they’ve got very good options in the front line. But if Conte decides – as he did a few times last season – they want the extra midfielder, they want to play a 3-5-2 to try and unpick the opposition that way, then maybe it would make sense, under those circumstances, to go for another No.10.
“I’m old enough to remember when Tottenham tried to sign James Maddison from Coventry City! Or from Norwich City. So he’s clearly been on the Tottenham Hotspur radar for a long time. I can just about see why it would work this summer. He’s clearly not top of the list, or wasn’t at the start of the summer, but equally there would be a lot of upside if they were to pull it off.”