It might be a bit easy to forget today as it’s being swamped by the news and rumors coming out of the close of the January transfer window, but Tottenham Hotspur play a Premier League match on Sunday against Manchester City. Pursuant to that end, Jose Mourinho held his usual press conference to talk over the match, the (numerous) transfer rumors swirling around the club, and what his match day squad might look like.
First, the injury news. Tottenham are about as healthy as they possibly can be, with only three players deemed unfit to play: Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, and Ben Davies. There’s good news on Davies too as he gets nearer and nearer to returning to full training — he’s not quite there yet but probably isn’t far away.
With Danny Rose gone, that likely means another stint at left back for Japhet Tanganga, and Mourinho is likely to name his strongest possible side to play against the defending champions at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Mourinho also said that new signing Steven Bergwijn is going to be involved on Sunday and that he should endear himself to supporters quickly, though it’s not clear whether Mou will throw him straight into the starting lineup or will have him on the bench.
#thfc Mourinho says Bergwijn is set to be involved against City on Sunday. Predicts the fans will come to love him.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) January 31, 2020
“We’ve got a kid with amazing potential, that’s going to be cared for and loved and that I think is going to be a fantastic player for us and a player the fans will learn how to love, because he’s the profile of a player that our fans will love.
”He is an attacking option, of course he’s not a striker, he’s a player that likes to play from the sides, at PSV more from the left, for the national team more from the right.
”He’s not a player to resolve the problems of today, because our future is not today or tomorrow, it’s long-term. A profile of player, very, very young, very adapted to the way we want to play football and we’re very happy to have him.”
It doesn’t look like Spurs are going to land a striker in the transfer window, but the addition of Bergwijn adds a level of flexibility to how Tottenham can set up their offense. Since he operates as a left-sided attacker (for the most part) playing Bergwijn would allow Mourinho to shift Son to the tip of the spear and would also mean we wouldn’t need to play Lucas Moura as a striker. Because he’s not a striker.
City’s going to be a pretty difficult match, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Spurs can get a result on Sunday with a slightly tweaked lineup.