Advertisement

Gallagher and Ederson deals, Hojbjerg exit - Dream Tottenham midfield after six transfer moves

Conor Gallagher is a player of interest to Tottenham amid talk of a Chelsea summer exit
-Credit: (Image: Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)


There could be quite a bit of movement when it comes to Ange Postecoglou's Tottenham midfield in this summer's transfer market. Very much a position of strength for Spurs in the first part of the 2023/24 campaign, unfortunately the team struggled there in the final few months of the season and it resulted in the head coach chopping and changing to try and his find his best combination.

Key to Tottenham kicking on and challenging at the top of the Premier League next term will be getting midfield back to the previous high levels. In order to do that, some new faces could come in and some currently at the club could move on for a different challenge elsewhere.

Ahead of a very important summer transfer window for the club, football.london takes a look at what a dream window might look like for Tottenham when it comes to midfield.

Player exits

A couple of Tottenham's current midfielders appear very likely to move on prior to the summer transfer deadline. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is one of them after having to contend with a bit-part role last season.

The Dane needs to be playing on a consistent basis and a move away from N17 is the only way that is going to happen. Spurs shouldn't be short on options for Hojbjerg and they will be able to bring in a decent fee for the experienced player.

The same goes for Giovani Lo Celso, who also looks set to move on for a fresh challenge elsewhere this summer. The player's former club Real Betis have been linked with a move for the Argentina international.

READ MORE: James Maddison and the 29 players available for the start of Tottenham pre-season training

READ MORE: Teenage star, £51m transfer - Ange Postecoglou's options ahead of new Tottenham centre-back move

Daniel Levy, Johan Lange and the club will be hoping that this summer sees Tanguy Ndombele exit Spurs on a permanent basis. The player has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on loan but his poor form during this time with Lyon, Napoli and Galatasaray has meant that clubs aren't queuing up to sign him permanently.

As the Frenchman's Spurs contract still has another year to run on it, Tottenham really could do with striking a permanent transfer exit for Ndombele before the summer deadline. One player who could also depart but only on loan is Alfie Devine.

The youngster spent time with both Port Vale and Plymouth Argyle last season and his experience with both clubs will have only enhanced his game. Another spell in the Championship would really benefit the 19-year-old as he looks to become a permanent fixture in the Spurs team in the future.

Transfer incomings

With players looking set to head out of the door, Tottenham are going to have to replace them. Spurs do have an interest in Chelsea's Conor Gallagher and the England international's future does look set to be decided one way or another before the start of the season.

A player who Postecoglou rates highly, the Blues academy graduate would provide Spurs with more quality and energy in midfield as well as bringing leadership qualities to the club. Gallagher would also be viewed as an upgrade on Hojbjerg by many if Tottenham can beat Aston Villa to his signature and the Dane does end up departing.

Another midfielder who has been mentioned in regards to a Tottenham transfer is Atalanta ace Ederson. The Brazilian has come to the attention of a number of clubs after delivering some incredible performances in the middle of the park for the Europa League winners.

Although mainly utilised as a box-to-box midfielder, the 24-year-old has experience of playing in a holding role and his qualities would help provide a defensive shield that Spurs' backline are crying out for. Valued at £34million by Transfermarkt, Ederson's numbers over the course of last season for ball recoveries, tackles and ground duels won are very impressive.

Add in the fact that he also chipped in with seven goals from midfield, the Brazilian could prove to be a very shrewd investment indeed.

Maddison response

James Maddison was dealt a cruel blow on Wednesday evening following his omission from Gareth Southgate's final England squad for Euro 2024 in Germany. Needing to cut seven players from his 33-man provisional list, the Tottenham midfielder was the first player to miss out on selection for the Euros.

Maddison will now go on his summer break and return to Tottenham pre-season training in July. While of course Postecoglou and all at Spurs wanted the attacking midfielder to play a big part for England at the Euros, his absence could in fact work in Spurs' favour going forward.

The 27-year-old will no doubt want to prove a point to Southgate next season that he should have been selected and Maddison may indeed have a bit more fire in the belly as he looks to help Tottenham compete for top honours. A positive response from Maddison really could help Postecoglou when it comes to getting his midfielders firing on all cylinders again.

Bentancur back to his best

The 2024/25 season will hopefully see Rodrigo Bentancur get back to his very best form in a Tottenham shirt. Always going to be a tough campaign for the player as he battled back to fitness from an ACL injury, the Uruguayan sustained an ankle injury against Aston Villa a month into his comeback.

In his 32 minutes of action before coming off, Bentancur wowed and looked like he had just carried on from where he had left off prior to sustaining that long-term injury at Leicester in February 2023. Very much in and out of the team following his second comeback from injury, Bentancur showed glimpses of his quality but it was clear to see that it would be in 24/25 where he would recapture his previous levels on a permanent basis.

His pitch time last season will only help him going forward and he could be some player in Postecoglou's system if everything clicks into place for him.

Bergvall success

All Tottenham fans are looking forward to the arrival of Lucas Bergvall at the beginning of July. The versatile midfielder has made quite a name for himself in his homeland of Sweden and he has been tipped to star in the Premier League in the future.

Back in February 2015, Tottenham struck a very similar deal as they signed Dele Alli from MK Dons with the midfielder remaining at his club before joining Spurs in the summer. Alli made an immediate impact in north London and played a pivotal role in the Lilywhites challenging for the Premier League title in two successive seasons.

Patience will be required when it comes to Bergvall as he is only 18 years of age and he will need to adapt to his new life in England and also the pace and intensity of the Premier League. If indeed he can follow in the footsteps of Alli and make a big mark at Tottenham right from the get-go, Spurs fans could be in for an exciting few years watching the Swede.

Listen to the latest episode of Gold & Guest Talk Tottenham by clicking here! In depth Spurs chat on your preferred podcast platform.

Want breaking and top Tottenham stories sent straight to you? Join our Spurs WhatsApp community by clicking this link. If you're curious you can check out our privacy policy here.