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 By John Crace

How did Tottenham do in the window?

Ins and Outs

Players in: Ben Davies and Michel Vorm (Swansea, undisclosed), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders, undisclosed), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), undisclosed), Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier, undisclosed)

Players out: Jake Livermore (Hull, £8m), Heurelho Gomes (Watford, free), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea, undisclosed), Iago Falque (Genoa, undisclosed), Michael Dawson (Hull, undisclosed), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg, loan), Zeki Fryers (Crystal Palace, £3m), Sandro (QPR, undisclosed)

Summing up the window

It's become a running joke at White Hart Lane that Spurs are a work in progress and that the current team is designed to come good in a year or so. This transfer window kept the gag alive, though perhaps fans may have more reason to believe in it than usual. Mauricio Pochettino appears to be trying to build a team in his style and those who were either out of form or out of favour last season have been given a clean slate. There also seems to be an unusual dose of realism at N17 this year. Spurs are not a Champions League Club at the moment and they are not willing to pay well over the odds to attract the big ticket players, such as Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck; instead they have targeted players, such as Dier, Fazio and Stambouli, who come with excellent track records but few star ratings.

Dier has already settled in well: Fazio and Stambouli have yet to start. The club have also moved on several players who are either past their best or have little chance of making the first team. A clear out is not a nice job, but it is a necessary one. A couple of players, Aaron Lennon in particular, may be in line for the exit door in January if they don't hit their best form quickly.

Best piece of business?

A difficult call. There is a case to be made that the best deals are the ones we didn't make -- the late, late grabs on deadline day for over-priced strikers. Otherwise it's early days; Dier has settled in well, but as Spurs fans know only too well, there are some players who never quite live up to their reputations. The key will probably be Pochettino; can he get the best out of his assets? It may well be though that Vorm turns out to be the best long-term buy. Finding great goalkeepers is as hard as finding top-class strikers and Vorm was brilliant for Swansea. If, as expected Hugo Lloris leaves at the end of the season, Spurs will have a world-class replacement on hand.

Eric Dier already has two Premier League goals to his name after three appearances.

Worst piece of business?

Another hard call. You can't moan about the players you don't get. Spurs would have loved Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin, but the south coast weren't going to part with him unless Tottenham paid silly money. I'm glad they didn't. I can't help feeling, though, Spurs may regret loaning Holtby to Hamburg for the season. He never quite lived up to his promise, but he looked exactly the kind of player who might flourish under Pochettino. He was lively, enthusiastic and when he came on as substitute against West Ham in the first game of the season, the energy level of the team was raised significantly. I'd play him in midfield ahead of Paulinho and Mousa Dembele any day.

What remaining issues are there?

Spurs have prioritised strengthening their defence: no bad thing given the way they were taken apart by Liverpool. But the attack remains a worry. Emmanuel Adebayor has never yet survived a full season without either picking up an injury or losing interest. Roberto Soldado had a terrible first season and his confidence is paper-thin: he looked sharper in pre-season but an injury has put him out of the running again. Harry Kane works hard but is just not yet a top-level striker, as his performance against Limassol showed. But solving the striker problem is easier said than done. Pochettino's preference is for a lone man up front, so as long as Adebayor is first pick anyone else is going to be spending a lot of time on the bench. There are many strikers who won't be happy with that arrangement.

Who can help in January?

Jay Rodriguez is the player that comes to mind. By the end of the year he should be back to full fitness and if the Spurs strike force are failing to deliver the required number of goals, Levy might be prepared to dig a little deeper into his pockets to reunite the Southampton striker with his old boss.


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