Jermaine Jenas has claimed that appointing Eddie Howe could be the right decision for Tottenham if Daniel Levy feels he cannot get his number one target this summer.
After losing out on their number one target in Julian Nagelsmann to Bayern Munich and seeing Erik Ten Hag sign a new contract at Ajax, Brendan Rodgers is now rumoured to be the man at the top of Spurs’ wishlist to replace Jose Mourinho.
However, it remains to be seen whether Tottenham would be able to lure Rodgers away from Leicester, who are on course to qualify for the Champions League.
If Spurs are not able to convince Rodgers to join this summer, Jenas believes it might make sense for someone like Howe to be allowed to steer the ship for a year or two before the Leicester boss or some other suitable target becomes available.
When asked about the speculation linking Howe with the job, the former Tottenham midfielder told BBC Radio 5 Live (as relayed by HITC): “If it was to be Eddie Howe, there are a couple of things that would work in Tottenham’s favour. His style of play is one thing.
“This isn’t me kind of saying well let’s start off on a negative in regards to Eddie Howe having the job and it being quite…
“Let’s say, for example, Eddie Howe gets the job and they play really good stuff, but they are still just missing that quality to either convincingly make it into the Champions League or properly challenge for a trophy of some sort.
“What you have done in giving Eddie Howe the job is that you have bought a bit of time to maybe wait for the one you want to bring in, which may be Brendan Rodgers.
“Brendan Rodgers might have two, three years at Leicester and feel like I have done everything I can do here and now it’s time to go and approach that job.
“He might want to go to Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers, you don’t know, kind of what Brendan Rodgers said he might look at that and think he is bigger than that.
“I can’t sit here and say it’s a great option. Let’s not forget Eddie Howe got relegated with Bournemouth in his last job, and they also spent money. It wasn’t that they went down with a bad team, but they have not got much to gone at, that’s the issue.
“If Eddie Howe was to go to Tottenham tomorrow, I wouldn’t dislike that, I wouldn’t be against that at all.”
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If there is not an outstanding candidate for the job (which there does not appear to be if Rodgers stays at Leicester), then it would make sense to look for a potential short-term option that would not prove too expensive until someone promising becomes available.
However, even in that case, I do not see why Levy would appoint Howe over someone like Potter, who will also be fairly inexpensive and unlikely to make major demands in the transfer market.
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