I’m absolutely loving the endeavour and gusto Tottenham is showing, as the club has agreed on terms with Manor Solomon, nabbing him on a free transfer.
It will be Tottenham’s fifth signing of the transfer window when confirmed. Spurs today also signed Pedro Porro on a permanent deal that will see the Spaniard remain in north London, if all goes well, through the 2028 season.
On to Tottenham’s latest signing: Solomon just ended his season loan at Fulham and heads to north London on a free transfer, thanks to FIFA’s latest rule, Annex 7.
Solomon, who is under permanent contract at Shakhtar Donetsk until Dec. 31, 2023, is allowed to suspend his contract for a further year, as is the same for all Ukraine-based players.
Shakhtar Donetsk is furious with FIFA’s Annex 7 and is steadfast in pursuing legal means to ensure Spurs face reparations for the lost revenue Solomon represents.
Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin recently called out Tottenham, warning them against pursuing Solomon.
Spurs didn’t heed Palkin’s stern warning, instead poaching Solomon less than a month after Shakhtar’s executive spoke out about any club signing one of their players still under contract.
Tottenham’s legal team must have done their due diligence before pursuing Solomon, so for now, any impending court battle is an inconsequential issue. Solomon is, according to Transfermarkt, worth about €18 million. Like Porro, Solomon’s contract will run through the 2027-28 campaign.
What’s not inconsequential is the depth and level of production Solomon can bring to the Tottenham side.
While the 23-year-old isn’t expected to crack Tottenham’s starting lineup in the short term, he has the ability and skill set to impact proceedings off the bench.
His preferred position is in an advanced role on the left wing, offering excellent cover for Heung Son-min.
It also provides Spurs a buffer if, as rumoured, Ivan Perisic departs north London. Ryan Sessegnon’s future is also uncertain, so Solomon offers a much-needed insurance policy.
He scored in five successive games last season with the Cottagers, becoming the first Israeli to bag a goal in three straight encounters since Liverpool’s Ronnie Rosenthal in 1992. However, that handful of goals were the only ones he potted in 24 appearances in all competitions.
Despite his patchy offensive return for Fulham, Solomon represents another astute business from Tottenham’s top brass, who aren’t taking any prisoners during the current window.
It’s incredibly refreshing to see some bravado from Daniel Levy and company, the type of conviction that bodes well for the club’s new era under Ange Postecoglou’s stewardship.
Bring on our next signing, hopefully, one of the three centre-backs we’re hot on the heels of. Five signings complete (Dejan Kulusevski, James Maddison, and Guglielmo Vicario, Solomon, Porro) and a few more to come should provide Tottenham supporters with the hope and encouragement they’ve been utterly devoid of recently.