Pascal Chimbonda has urged former club Tottenham Hotspur to keep hold of Kieran Trippier and sign Ryan Sessegnon this summer.
After going an entire season without making a single purchase the Lilywhites have brought in Jack Clarke (Leeds United) and Tanguy Ndombélé (Lyon).
Clarke, a promising winger, has been loaned back to Leeds but last season’s Champions League finalists are expected to bring in further new faces as well as say a couple of goodbyes.
Someone heavily associated with a move away from north London is Trippier, who has been linked with Serie A giants Juventus.
Due to a clear policy of bringing in players with room for development, Spurs continue to be linked with Fulham youngster Sessegnon, who can play anywhere right down the left flank and was used as a left winger by the England Under-21s this summer.
As far as Chimbonda, who made over 100 appearances for the club, is concerned the powers that be must retain Trippier as well as acquire the services of Sessegnon.
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“Tripper won’t be sold this window and will remain Tottenham’s first choice right back,” he told Sportingbet.
“He clearly struggled last season, but he will be a completely new player now he’s had a summer to rest without any international tournaments.
“With [Serge] Aurier being injured throughout the season, it didn’t give Tripper a chance to rest when he needed it most. He’s proven he can play at the top level and you don’t lose that overnight. I expect we’ll see Tripper back to his best next season.”
“[Mauricio] Pochettino can unlock Sessegnon’s full potential and would be a great signing for Tottenham,” he added.
“It’s unfair to judge him on last season’s performance as he was played in various positions in a team where everyone struggled to find their feet. He’s still very young and needs the guidance to fulfil his potential. Pochettino can offer him that as well as Danny Rose.
“I think Rose would be an excellent player for Sessegnon to learn from and it would give him some healthy competition. They are very similar in terms of both being attackingly strong, but Rose can improve Sessegnon’s defensive capabilities.”
A big summer for Spurs: Five key things to know…
- Spurs became the first Premier League club to go an entire season (2018/19) without making a single purchase.
- They would end the campaign, which saw them move into a new home, in third and also reached the Champions League final.
- Clarke, who has since returned to Leeds United on loan, became their first acquisition this summer.
- Ndombele would soon follow as the Frenchman became the club’s record signing.
- The futures of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Erisken, both of whom have one year left on their respective contracts, remain up in the air.