Tottenham Hotspur advanced in the Carabao Cup by topping Wolverhampton in a shoot-out. While many players stood out in the match, it was hard not to notice the contributions from the new guys. To outlast Wolves, Spurs got some good effort and solid performances from three of Fabio Paratici’s summer signings.
Tottenham transfers show their stuff
It is going to take time to really understand just how good the Tottenham window was this past summer. However, anyone watching Spurs play can see that several of their signings look like the real deal.
Gollini comes up big when it matters
Pierluigi Gollini again conceded two goals but again showed some things as a keeper. Neither goal was really Gollini’s fault and while he maybe could have pulled off a miraculous save on Daniel Pondence’s goal, there was no possibility anyone was stopping Leander Dendoncker‘s header.
Gollini made two saves during the match but his biggest contributions undoubtedly came during the shoot-out. While Gollini only saved one, only two of five attempts went in against the Italian which is about all anyone could hope or ask for in the circumstances.
Tottenham have two for the regular XI
Despite his big save in the shoot-out, we are not ready to say Pierluigi Gollini should be in the every-week lineup in front of team captain Hugo Lloris. However, we do believe that Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero need to play every minute they possibly can.
Romero was the big named signing of the summer and really does address some of the defensive deficiencies in open play for Spurs. His tenacity and aggressiveness in fighting for the ball are unquestionable and his overall talent is immense for a defender.
Gil was great on both ends of the pitch against Wolves. His dedication to helping on the defensive end was tireless and he made a couple of really nice tackles on Adama Traore in the final third of the pitch allowing the team to get organized.
The contributions defensively were a plus but it was that bit of verve that Bryan brings to the attacking side of the game that really does catch the eye. Unlucky not to have an assist on either of two good crosses to Dele, Gil was aggressively offensively on and off the ball making runs and pushing the ball forward.
Bryan also showed he has poise under pressure with an amazing spot-kick that zipped past the keeper into the side netting. Gil is a very natural attacker who wants the ball and Spurs should work to really bring him along as quickly as possible.
We know that Tottenham did not accomplish everything the club wanted to during the summer window, it does look like there are a few things Paratici likely got right. WIth Gil just 20 and Romero only 23 they both certainly represent the kind of players Spurs can truly rebuild around. In Gollini (26) Spurs finally have more than a serviceable backup for Hugo Lloris.