Tottenham Hotspur are currently going through an injury crisis, especially in midfield. Tanguy Ndombele is again indefinitely injured after twisting his groin in Spurs’ loss to Southampton. Then Spurs announced yesterday that 30-year-old utility midfielder Moussa Sissoko has undergone knee surgery and will be out until April at the earliest.
It’s not great ! While we don’t know how long Tanguy will be out this time around, that leaves Spurs with a stable central midfielder consisting of Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Christian Eriksen, Oliver Skipp, and possibly players like Giovani Lo Celso and Victor wanyama.
Fortunately, the month of January transfer window is now open, and while Spurs are unlikely to make much noise in the window, Sky Sports understand that Spurs could be looking to fill some gaps in the midfield with players on short-term loans.
Not a major update, but it’s worth saying #Tottenham are now considering entering the market for a new midfielder on loan due to their ongoing injury crisis. Understand #Spurs primarily review loans this month to fill in the gaps they need to #THFC More here: https://t.co/OzHTtF6aQx
– Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) January 8, 2020
Lyall Thomas’ report doesn’t actually list any of the loan players Spurs are supposed to be looking at, but it’s still useful information as it gives a bit more context on the types of players Spurs might consider bringing in. . This also makes sense, as the January market is both strange and generally poor quality when it comes to buying players on a permanent basis.
Moreover, this situation may change the immediate future of a few current Tottenham players – Oliver Skipp has been linked a bit loosely with a potential loan, but if Spurs need a body in the central midfield maybe something thing like that no longer happens.
Edit: It was not my imagination! According to The Athletic, Skipp was probably ready for a loan in January, but that doesn’t appear to be happening now.
There is a lot of interest in England + abroad for Skipp, but with Sissoko away + Ndombele struggling for his fitness he may have to stay put.
– Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) January 8, 2020
So start speculating – which eager, disgruntled or aging central midfielders near the end of their contracts would be suitable targets for Tottenham as they try to limp until the end of this season? Throw them in the comments, and we’ll see what sticks to the walls.