Jose Mourinho claim, Erik Lamela return: How Tottenham’s 10 outings fared


Tottenham’s January transfer window added two more permanent departures to their eight since the summer window, as well as sending three first-team players out on loan.

The winter window saw only two new arrivals, Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski having both moved to the capital from Juventus.

The duo had an immediate impact on Antonio Conte’s side and the Sweden international scored and registered an assist on his Premier League debut against Man City.

Since last summer, Spurs have moved ten players, as well as two managerial changes, and takes a look at how these ten players who have made a permanent exit are faring.

Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld continues to become a regular in the bottom four for Al-Duhail, who are currently second in the Qatar Stars League, despite being ten points behind first-placed Al Sadd, who also have a game less.

Earlier this month, the Belgian explained why he left Tottenham and moved to Qatar.

“Everyone knows I enjoyed my time at Spurs but I think there was a moment that I felt, if there’s a moment in my career where I want to have an adventure, it’s is now,” he explained on 433: The Home of Football. Podcast.

“That was a big part of my decision, to watch my kids grow up.

“At the end, a bit of fun for football, for training and traveling was a bit gone because I miss my kids too much,” added Alderweireld.

The 32-year-old has already made 17 appearances for his new team and played 90 minutes in every game since Christmas Day, enjoying his new life in Qatar where he plays fewer games meaning he can move on more time with his family.

Moussa Sissoko and Danny Rose

Both former Spurs players are still at Watford, who are 18th in the Premier League and four points in the relegation zone, but their future with the Hornets is only bright for one of them.

Sissoko is still thriving at his new club, even with the arrival of Roy Hodgson in January and retaining the captaincy.

Aside from his debut game for Watford against the Lilywhites, the 32-year-old has played 90 minutes and started every league game he has played in, as well as an assist against Chelsea.

Rose has had an opposing fate since moving to Watford and although he played under Hodgson with England he has not been in the matchday squad since the start of December last year .

The 31-year-old has reportedly been told he will no longer be playing for the Hertfordshire side but has remained at the club through the winter window.

Erik Lamela received the 2021 Puskas award last month, for his goal against Arsenal.

Erik Lamela

Lamela has had an unhappy few months since moving to Sevilla, who are currently second in La Liga and just six points behind first-place Real Madrid.

At the end of last year, the Argentine was ruled out for several months due to a shoulder injury that needed surgery.

Prior to that, he had made 16 appearances for the Spanish side, scoring four goals and registering two assists.

However, things have started to look up for the 29-year-old as last month he was handed the 2021 Puskas Award for his Rabona goal against Arsenal.

On February 4, he also uploaded a slideshow of Instagram photos showing him in the gym, without a scarf and he captioned the photos with two bicep emojis, suggesting he is working on his comeback.

Joe Hart

Hart’s new side are currently top of the Scottish Premiership, as they continue their battle against Rangers, who are three points behind them.

The goalkeeper has already received plenty of praise during his short spell at Celtic and has continued to be a key player for them this season.

The stopper played in every league game he was available for, missing the squad for two games due to injury and also wore the captain’s armband twice.

Hart has conceded just 14 goals and kept 13 clean sheets in his 24 league appearances so far this season, helping Celtic in their battle to win the league.

The 34-year-old continues to play for the Scottish side with Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan at Tottenham, who has also become a regular at Celtic, making 22 league appearances so far, where he has scored two goals and saved a decisive pass.

Juan Foyth and Serge Aurier

The defensive duo, both playing for Villareal, were joined by Giovani Lo Celso during Janaury’s transfer window as he moved away on loan from Spurs for the rest of the season.

Former Tottenham players have been both in and out of the squad this season, with Foyth getting more match minutes than the 29-year-old.

Both have struggled with injuries since their moves, prompting an early career hiatus with the Spanish side, who are currently sixth in La Liga.

Since returning from international duty with the Ivory Coast team in the Africa Cup of Nations, which included a short spell in goal, Aurier has featured in all three games but hasn’t played more than 62 minutes.

Foyth returned to the matchday squad alongside his current and former team-mate and has also featured in the trio since, playing 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Real Madrid, taking his fixture tally championship at 18.

Paolo Gazzaniga

There has been no change for Gazzaniga since moving to Fulham in the summer.

Their Championship side are still top of the league, six points ahead of second-placed Bournemouth, who have a game in hand.

The 30-year-old has only made 12 league appearances for his new side as he continues to fight for a place in the starting XI against Marek Rodak.

However, he was goalscorer in both of Fulham’s FA Cup matches, before they were knocked out in the last round by Man City.

In August last year, Fulham boss Marco Silva explained the competition between the two goalscorers.

“I don’t have a number 1,” Silva admitted. “I have two very good goalkeepers.

“Paulo knows he has full confidence in us but he knows he has Marek behind him and pushes him, because Marek wants to play and maybe deserves to play too.

“I have two at the same level, two fighting for the job,” he added.

This suggests that while the 25-year-old looks like Silva’s first choice at the moment, Gazzaniga should continue to compete for his spot and may not be too far behind.

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Dilan Markanday

Markanday was one of four academy players who were sent out during the January transfer window but was the only one to make a permanent exit.

The 20-year-old has joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers, who are currently third in the league and ten points from first place.

After thriving for Tottenham’s U23s, this was potentially the step Markanday needed when he made the move.

However, the excitement crumbled when he suffered a hamstring injury, ruling him out for the rest of the season, just 22 minutes after being substituted on his debut.

The injury required an operation but manager Tony Mowbray explained the success of it at the end of January.

“His operation in London was a success,” Mowbray said. “Our physio is coming down a day early to check on him and make sure he’s okay. That was good news.”

Dele Alli

Dele was the only Tottenham first-team player to leave the capital permanently during the winter window, with three of his former team-mates moving abroad on loan spells.

The 25-year-old was greeted by his new home fans during their FA Cup draw against Brentford at Goodison Park, in which Glenn Hoddle said he looked like he had been “dragged out of the Street”.

The new midfield manager backed his player after the comments.

“My personal opinion is that I don’t care what car he drives, what clothes he wears, as long as I have a boy who comes to training every day, wants to improve every day, respects the club, respects his teammates and produces, and gives everything to produce,” admitted Frank Lampard.

Dele has featured in all three Everton games since his arrival and Lampard’s side are currently 16th in the league.

Ahead of the 25-year-old making his Everton debut against Newcastle, former Everton striker Kevin Campbell opened up on his thoughts on Lampard’s new man.

“He is [Lampard] brought in Dele Alli, who’s really become stale at Spurs, and I think he’s a victim of [Jose] Mourinho, if I’m being honest,” Campbell admitted on talkSPORT.

“Before Mourinho went there he was this player, an England international, then Mourinho came in and he got a bit lost.

“These two players [Dele and Donny van de Beek] are brilliant on their day, so I’m crossing my fingers that Frank Lampard can make the most of it.”


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