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Vilahamn: Spurs Women “absolutely” adding players in January, with links to Australia’s Charli Grant

Oooooooh.

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Seems like all the Tottenham Hotspur men’s team rumors are weird and/or distressing, so let’s talk Spurs Women transfers! It’s important to note that there just isn’t as robust a transfer rumor infrastructure in the WSL as there is in the men’s game. But if there’s a Fabrizio Romano of the WSL, it’s probably Emma Sanders. She’s been pretty close to the action for a lot of teams in the WSL, including Spurs Women, and today she had some interesting things to say about the prospects of Tottenham strengthening their team in January.

Woo! Both of those tweets are exciting, particularly Robert Vilahamn’s direct comments about incoming players. Spurs are significantly improved over last season when they nearly got relegated and only got bailed out by Beth England taking the team on her back. But while they’ve strengthened in many areas, they could still use some improvement in their depth.

Fullback is also an area where they could use an upgrade — Bob V. has utilized an out-of-position Angharad James at left back for most of this season across from Ashleigh Neville, with Asmita Ale as a late-game substitute. That makes Emma Sanders’ talk about 22-year old Australian international defender Charli Grant especially interesting. Grant is a young player who has spent a lot of time on the Matildas’ bench over the last few cycles, but was slowly worked into the side and recently broke into the starting lineup. Charli is generating a lot of buzz in her home country, especially since scoring her first international goal last April against, of all clubs, England.

Grant is an attacking fullback who is comfortable playing on either flank, and most importantly is a young player on the rise. Landing her would be a pretty significant achievement for Vilahamn and Spurs, raising the possibility that in the Spring Tottenham would be able to play her with Ashleigh Neville on the other flank. Grant is a dynamic player and one I’d be pretty excited about should she sign.

Arsenal’s interest is of course concerning as they’re a much more established side. The realist in me thinks that if it’s a choice between Arsenal and Spurs, well it’s probably not much of a choice at all. But who knows — Grant is a young player who might get buried at a club like Arsenal, whereas at Spurs she’d be part of a team on the rise under a progressive manager who has history in the Swedish women’s football league.

Rumors are rumors and I’ve been around the block enough not to get my hopes up too high. That said, WSL transfer rumors are the wild west right now and I’ve got no real sense of it yet. Who knows what could happen? A boat is a boat, but a mystery box could be anything! It could even be Charli Grant!