Decide how signing Davinson Sanchez affects Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama
The player who is likely to be pushed the most by Spurs signing Davinson Sanchez from Spurs is Eric Dier.
The feeling is that the imminent club record purchase of the Columbia international will see Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino utilise the three at the back formations more often than not, with Sanchez beside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
That makes Dier the odd man out. The England international is reportedly keen to return to his preferred midfield, but that then puts him into direct competition with Victor Wanyama.
There are plenty of games ahead, but somebody always still ends up feeling like second choice. Who will it be?
Make a call on his right-back options
To buy or not to buy that is the question? Not quite what Shakespeare wrote, but it’s something Pochettino needs to make a call on when it comes to the right-back position.
Spurs had been all set to buy a new right-back earlier this month, only for Kyle Walker-Peters to prove that he could take to the Premier League like the proverbial duck to water.
Now the Tottenham boss has to decide whether to bring in another more established right-back to challenge Kieran Trippier and risk putting a big roadblock in the path of Walker-Peters or whether he goes with the U20 World Cup winner as his back up to the England international, with Dier and the incoming Sanchez both able to cover the position if needed.
Sign a creative player who will make others feel their place is not guaranteed
We all know that the transfer model within Spurs’ project is to buy younger players and develop them, but wouldn’t it be great if they made a statement ahead of another Premier League title race and Champions League campaign by buying a player that would improve their first team attacking options rather than their squad?
We know Tottenham are willing to splash out a club record fee, even with that new £800m stadium being built, as Sanchez seems to be about to prove.
The Columbian will push the defenders already there and Spurs need a player with a bit of game-winning magic to make that jump to silverware and make Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen not feel like guaranteed starters every week.
Make a final call on last summer’s signings Janssen, Nkoudou and Sissoko
Pochettino is never afraid to ditch a signing if they’re not doing the business. Clinton Njie, Federico Fazio, Benjamin Stambouli and DeAndre Yedlin are examples of those who came and went within one or two seasons during the Argentine’s reign.
So Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou may all just be sweating on their futures. All have shown glimpses of potential at Spurs but for Sissoko glimpses of potential at 28 and with a £30m price tag might not be enough.
While Pochettino may feel he can develop Janssen and Nkoudou with a further season, he may not feel that the club record purchase can be improved any further and if an decent offer from a Ligue 1 club comes in for him, or anyone for that matter, perhaps Sissoko will be another to exit the club after just one season.
The club have had offers for Janssen and he did not feature against Newcastle, but Pochettino may feel he cannot get another striker to come in and play second fiddle to Harry Kane.
Decide if Winks is ready to share matches with Dembele and what will signing Diop do
Few players made as much of an impression last season as Harry Winks. Pochettino will be keen to ensure that the 21-year-old’s progression continues next season when he returns from his ankle injury and a potential window may just have opened up for the midfielder.
Mousa Dembele has long struggled to play two games in a week and was hampered in the final stages of the campaign by a long-term foot injury, which was operated on at the end of last season.
The Belgian is now 30 and although he’s looked good in pre-season and at Newcastle, the energy that midfield role requires may just see him sharing more of the matches this season with Winks as Pochettino looks to prolong his midfield maestro’s career.
However, the seemingly likely signing of Celta Vigo’s Pape Cheikh Diop, a 20-year-old box-to-box midfielder, despite competition from Lyon, throws another ingredient into the mix. Where does that leave Winks?