AVB denies Tottenham Hotspur with the chance of any signings
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to bring any new faces to White Hart Lane during the January transfer window. With just a couple of days left and Tottenham Hotspur’s injury-prone squad promising to cause trouble in the future, the Portuguese manager believes his side can overcome obstacles on the path to a Champions League spot.
The White Hart Lane boss needs a senior striker in his squad, something that was labeled the reason behind Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 defeat to Leeds in the FA Cup on Sunday. According to reports in Germany, Tottenham Hotspur were on the fast track to acquire the service of Schalke 04 midfielder Lewis Holtby.
The 22-year-old Germany international, who is set to join Tottenham Hotspur after his contract expires this summer, would have cost a fraction of his original price to the London club, which is why Schalke 04 decided to keep him under contract till the end of the season instead of losing him for pennies.
So far, Lewis Holtby has been the only significant transfer movement at Tottenham Hotspur. Andre Villas-Boas suggests it is more likely players could leave rather than arrive at the club during the January transfer window.
“I don't think so, no,” Andre Villas-Boas informed when he was questioned by a reporter on whether Tottenham Hotspur were thinking about bringing fresh faces to the club.
“Not sure, probably not,” Andre Villas-Boas added.
Andre Villas-Boas has been criticized for keeping only two strikers in his squad. The Portuguese had to field a team without a specialized striker against Leeds as Emmanuel Adebayor was away representing Togo at the African Nations Cup and Jermain Defoe was benched because of a minor injury.
Andre Villas-Boas defended his squad announcing his side was happy with the options they had against Leeds.
“We are happy with the options we have,” Andre Villas-Boas said. “We understand an injury can put us in a difficult position. Obviously it is a risk we are willing to take.”
“It was a difficult game to play, the second half was better than the first but we could have done better to avoid the defeat,” Andre Villas-Boas admitted. “We could have done better defensively and offensively.”