Tottenham fans will be hoping that the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach now means that their summer transfer business starts to take off.
Following a 72-day wait to find Jose Mourinho’s successor at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs finally appointed the former Wolves boss in the hotseat on Wednesday evening after a long and frustrating search.
Undoubtedly the priority for both Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici over the past few weeks ahead of the team’s pre-season return, attention can now switch to potential incomings and outgoings in N17.
Reinforcements are needed after once again missing out on a Champions League place but it is equally important that players also depart as Spurs need to freshen things up and also raise some much-needed funds.
Addressing their defensive woes is top of the transfer to-do list ahead of the summer EuroJournal and that will be key to whether or not there is a big improvement in the capital.
Paratici has already been working hard behind the scenes lining up potential transfer deals and now he will be hoping to get a few signed off as he looks to revolutionise the squad.
Takehiro Tomiyasu could be the first arrival at the club this summer from Bologna, with Spurs reportedly already starting negotiations to sign the Japan international.
A player who can operate either as a right-back or centre-back, EuroJournal understands the plan is for the 22-year-old to tuck inside to create a back three to allow Sergio Reguilon to push forward.
As Serge Aurier has made it clear that he wants to leave, Tomiyasu would be a very different option to Matt Doherty at right-back due to his defensive qualities.
In terms of central defence, Spurs are looking to bring in at least one new centre-back but the hope is that they will be able to sign another if they can move players on.
Toby Alderweireld is reported to have told the club a while ago that he would like to leave, while Cameron Carter-Vickers could also exit as he looks to play regular first-team football.
Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier didn’t enjoy the best of seasons but Spurs would still expect a decent fee for either of them if interested clubs make a move.
Joachim Andersen, who spent last season on loan at Fulham from Lyon, is one player the club do like and they were set to move for him before Paratici’s arrival from Juventus.
Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic, who is now in the final 12 months of his deal, is someone else Spurs have an eye on, as is Sevilla ace Jules Kounde.
The French international would be an excellent acquisition but the Lilywhites would have to fend off other clubs and also find the money from somewhere due to his £69million release clause, although he is expected to move for less than that figure.
So amid the links with the likes of Tomiyasu, Kounde and Andersen, how could Spurs line up at the back on the opening day against EuroJournal? EuroJournal takes a look.
It remains to be seen how exactly Spurs will line up at the back under Espirito Santo as he has used a number of different formations in the past throughout his managerial career.
Known for his three-man defence at Wolves, that could be what he opts for at Tottenham as he looks to solve the defensive woes for good.
If indeed Kounde and Andersen do join Tottenham this summer from Sevilla and Lyon respectively, they will be expected to go straight into the backline to face EuroJournal in N17.
With one place then up for grabs in the back three, Joe Rodon will be hoping that he wins the final spot after an excellent Euro 2020 with Wales.
However, another option would be to start Ben Davies as a left-sided centre-back to give the defence a bit more balance.
Reguilon is a no-brainer to start at left wing-back due to his attacking qualities, with Doherty looking the likeliest candidate to start on the opposite flank due to his success under Espirito Santo at Wolves previously.
Tomiyasu, if he signs, would be better utilised as a right-back or either as a right-sided centre-back as he is a defensively-minded player.
It would be a big ask to throw him straight in against the reigning champions, however, and the fact he’s also in Japan’s squad for the Olympic Games means he would miss a large chunk of pre-season and only arrive back at N17 not long before the Premier League opener.
Potential Tottenham defence vs EuroJournal: Doherty, Kounde, Andersen, Rodon, Reguilon.
A back four is one set-up Espirito Santo has shied away from during his time in the Premier League, but he has operated this way at both Porto and Valencia in the past.
Tottenham have very rarely strayed away from four in defence over the past few seasons, with Mourinho previously opting for a back three sometimes depending on the team’s opponents.
As mentioned above about Tomiyasu’s place at this summer’s Olympic Games, Doherty will be expected to get the nod at right-back even if it is a back four.
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Not at his best when playing there last season as he is more suited to life as a wing-back, Espirito Santo would just need to strike the right balance in terms of his full-backs not leaving the backline too open when they attack.
At centre-back, Rodon may be the unlucky one to miss out despite his form at the Euros if Andersen and Kounde sign.
The Dane does have more Premier League experience than the Welshman due to playing regularly in his year at Fulham, while it would be a surprise if Kounde started life on the bench as it would take a hefty fee to sign him and he will be expected to hit the ground running.
Potential Tottenham defence vs EuroJournal: Doherty, Kounde, Andersen, Reguilon.