Deadline Day Recap: What Just Happened?
If you weren’t constantly refreshing twitter during Summer Transfer Deadline Day 2016, you missed quite the circus. We all know about Wanyama and Janssen, but let’s do a quick review of the 3 newbies from Deadline Day, shall we?
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (Midfielder)
This pacey winger has been rumored for months now and yet we were still wondering up until Deadline Day if everything was okay. He had even posted a picture of himself training before it was announced by the club. When it finally broke, we had one of the better announcement videos the Club has done. N’Koudou has lightening pace down the wing and will provide some much needed speed off the bench when we’re struggling to break down a defense or parked bus. While unproven and more or less unknown, Poch & Co. have apparently been wanting him for a while. The 21 year old just made a shortlist with Toby and Hugo for best player in Europe, so the optimism is pretty high. If nothing else, his infectious smile will bring joy to our sideline.
Moussa Sissoko (Midfielder)
The French international and former Newcastle United midfielder was the last minute signing that made Deadline Day wacky. Reports of Everton getting him seemed final, until Levy apparently matched their offer and he literally disappeared until he was then announced by Tottenham in the final minutes of the window (literally). A controversial signing, Sissoko was bought for a club record 30 million pounds and to many, a bench option with a shady past of laziness and bad attitude didn’t go over well. However, the glass half full crowd sees an experienced, talented midfielder who can control the ball, control the press and still spring forward to create chances. In his first interview, he made several comments about talking with Hugo and how excited he was to be playing with his international captain. While the jury is out, Sissoko is a Spurs player now and provides much needed depth as we head into Champions League and a busy Premier League campaign.
Pau Lopez (Goalkeeper)
This is the signing we’ll probably see make an impact last. The 21 year old goalie from Espanyol will back up Hugo and Vorm for now. He’s already made a name for himself with his playing style and love for the game. Once stating he would play for free if needed, he loves the game and we should be excited about that. He still has a lot to learn but getting to watch Hugo between the posts would be exciting for any up and coming keeper. High praise from goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez and Poch himself make Lopez an interesting player to watch
PLAYERS OUT: Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Deandre Yedlin, Luke McGee, Clinton N’Jie, Ryan Mason