It seems like there are many who would like to discuss the recruitment/transfer policy at Spurs and therefore I think it might be a good idea to have a dedicated thread about just that. Here is one attempt to start such a thread: Every club has hits and misses when it comes to recruitment,some of the difference between the top-clubs and the rest might be found in their recruitment/transfers. Most clubs appear to have a set up with the roles and responsibilities clearly defined: Manager is responsible for identifying areas of weakness in the team and to provide wish-list for strengthening those areas. Head-scout/Director of Football is responsible for finding players who can address the weaknesses identified by the manager. Chief negotiator is responsible for negotiating the best possible deal for the players the club needs. Even though the roles and responsibilities appear to be well defined and skilled people might be in the right positions there might be clubs who still miss more than they hit. What might cause failure to address weaknesses is failure to communicate clearly. As an example, lets pretend that the person responsible negotiating the price at Spurs doesn’t know much about football but does know a lot about negotiating a good deal. If that was to be the case then that might be addressed in a couple of different ways: 1. Tell him to butt out and just negotiate the price and not be involved in anything else. Depending on who it is then that approach might not work…. 2. Be very clear about what kind of player is needed. Assuming that option 2 is the one that might work at Spurs then how to move forward? If he does not know how to tell the difference between the strikers Jermain Defoe and Lloriente? If he does not know how to tell the difference between the goal-scoring midfielders of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen? If he does not know how to tell the difference between a 9 and a false 9? Winger vs inverted winger? If he does not know how to tell the difference between the DMs Eric Dier and Ndidi? One way forward might be to describe the player wanted by how he plays. The alternative is risking getting a Van Bissaka when someone like Trippier is wanted, or getting a traditional winger when an inverted winger is wanted etc etc Maybe an Özil might come in while what was wanted was actually a Grealish .... So, when discussing recruitment/transfers lets make it so easy to follow that even someone with very limited knowledge of football can follow. Keep it simple. & I know there are people who wants to discuss missed opportunities (players not bought) and the misses (the players bought who never became good at Spurs). Maybe something can be learned from the missed opportunities, maybe something can be learned from the purchases that didn’t pan out. So go for it, share opinions & discuss. Of the players who came in this season then my opinion is: Lo Celso, probably a good buy. Ndombele, if whatever is keeping him from playing can be sorted then he might be a good buy. Sessegnon, is only 19 (I believe) and looks to be more of a winger than a defender. Might not be ready for regular starting now but as he is young then maybe he can turn out to be a good buy. Bergwijn, I am glad to see him already playing. He looks good but early days. Fernandes, looks good and I am glad to see him already playing. And I do believe that a striker of the Lloriente type should have been brought in during the latest transfer-window. I am not sure why it didn’t happen, possibly it was decided that such a player might not be needed against the type of opposition in the remaining matches of the season and therefore someone like Bergwijn was brought in instead. Or some other reason. I do like to find positives So I can’t help but like that Mourinho is playing new players already. That is an improvement on what was before. Test them early, if it works then great and if it doesn’t work then sell quickly and find another. & my personal opinion is: In dedicated match threads then do not discuss old managers nor players not currently at Spurs, the chairman etc. The dedicated match thread is dedicated to the specific match so if at all possible, keep the discussion about the specific match. That last bit might be overstepping, if so then I apologise. Lets hear some great ideas for players coming in Another athletic FB? A set-piece taker? A goal-keeper dominating the box? A Kane-clone? Young talent not yet played in the EPL? Experienced senior player which the younger players can learn from?