Fabio Paratici has spent nearly £90million since coming to Tottenham in June and has also secured deals with a number of clubs for players to leave north London.
During the summer transfer window, Spurs brought in Pierluigi Gollini (loan), Cristian Romero (£42milion), Bryan Gil (£21.6million), Emerson Royal (£25.8million) and Pape Matar Sarr (undisclosed), with the latter being loaned back to Metz.
All four players currently in north London have had some game time to try and show Nuno Espirito Santo why they deserve a place in his starting XI and they have all put in some good performances.
The outgoings in the summer saw the departures of Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela, as well as J’Neil Bennett, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Troy Parrott being among those who have gone out on loan.
Appointed as Tottenham’s Managing Director, Paratici was brought in to help in the big project of transitioning Spurs after 11 seasons at Juventus and his summer signings have been one step to try and achieve that.
There are number of positions for the Lilywhites that lack quality in depth, however, which is one reason new players were brought to the club, but there is still work to be done.
The new arrivals, many of whom have moved to a different country and an unfamiliar league, will take some time to fully make the adjustment.
This is also the case for the Portuguese head coach, who was also brought in during the summer to help lead Spurs to success, although he had been in the country having previously been in charge at Wolves.
Espirito Santo has won four and lost three of his first seven Premier League games in charge, as well as leading the team to a victory and a draw in their Europa Conference League group games so far in addition to progression through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after victory in a penalty shootout against his former side.
The Lilywhites currently sit eighth in the league going into the second international break of the season, after the first month and a half of the 2021/22 campaign.
Paratici would have also been brought to Tottenham to try and help chairman Daniel Levy achieve his aim at Spurs of “playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our Academy alongside experienced talent,” which he outlined in his statement to fans in May.
A number of the academy players have been named on the bench so far this season, with 17-year-old Dane Scarlett featuring in most Premier League matchday squads, showing that some of the youngsters are being given a chance.
With poor performances against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, in which a total of nine goals were conceded, many fans were concerned about this aim being fulfilled.
But Espirito Santo’s side won 2-1 against Aston Villa on Sunday and put on a much more positive display, with some good link-ups and more attacking football, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
Spurs haven’t won a major trophy in 13 years and that will undoubtedly be an aim for Paratici in helping the north London club achieve success.
After finishing seventh last season, Tottenham only qualified for the new European competition and there will be aims to get the Lilywhites back into the Europa League, or even Champions League, as soon as possible.
First and foremost, the Italian will need to help the club create the strongest squad possible, to allow Espirito Santo to try and lead his side to victories and silverware.
Despite the summer signings, some recent performances have shown that there are still positions on the field that need more quality.
A key position that needs more depth is up front. Harry Kane is the only out-and-out striker in the current squad and although his absence at the beginning of the season didn’t stop Spurs winning, the team is crying out for another option at the top of the pitch.
Scarlett played as the striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation against NS Mura but at just 17, it is too much pressure on the youngster to expect him to be a game-changing player if Kane does get injured.
Tottenham seemed to have their eye on Dusan Vlahovic during the summer transfer window and after his recent rejection of a new contract at current club Fiorentina, they may increase their interest in the striker.
At the start of the season, fans were complaining about the lack of creativity in the middle of the pitch. The change in formation in the most recent Europa Conference League game, which was also used in the victory against Dean Smith’s side, may suit more players and add some more creativity.
In the Villa game, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura played in the wide positions and worked well to get some crosses into the box, whilst Tanguy Ndombele and then Giovani Lo Celso played in the No.10 role in the middle.
The two midfielders are currently battling with Dele Alli for a position behind Kane in the attacking midfield three but have all been inconsistent so far this season.
New signing Gil can also play in an attacking midfield role and has shown glimpses of his quality and potential for the Tottenham side, so he could become a crucial player.
Despite Tottenham’s defeats in some recent fixtures, the back four haven’t predominantly been the worst players on the pitch.
Both new defenders, Royal and Romero, had solid performances at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday and started to show signs of proving why they had been brought to north London.
There have been question marks over a number of other defenders from fans and whether they are good enough for the Tottenham side, including Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez and Matt Doherty, so Spurs and Paratici may look to create more quality in depth in defence.
Hugo Lloris has provided some crucial saves for Spurs so far in this campaign, many of them preventing further goals being scored in some matches, but his contract expires at the end of the season.
Gollini has played in all Europa Conference League fixtures so far and the Carabao Cup win against Wolves and if bought by the north London club at the end of his loan, could replace Lloris if he leaves.
Brandon Austin is the third shot-stopper but if the French international does make a move away from Spurs, they may look to bring in another keeper, with rumours already circulating around Sam Johnstone.
Whatever Paratici decides to prioritise, there are still a number of changes which need to be made at the north London club to make them successful, with a strong squad which has quality in depth and a chance to end their long trophy drought.
Tottenham will take a trip to Tyneside to play Newcastle after the international break and will hope to continue their positive performance from their match against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Source by Football London