Opinion: Five players Spurs should look to sign from the lower leagues

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Daniel Levy

At this very moment, it seems as though Spurs are in an uncontrollable downwards spiral so fans always look towards the summer transfer window for future hope.

In recent years, Spurs have rarely searched the lower leagues for talent, meaning we have missed out on bargains like Grealish and Maddison. 

Therefore, I thought that I would find the five lower league players that Spurs should pursue this summer: 

Michael Olise: 

The first player is Michael Olise. The Frenchman is a winger who has played on the right and left at his time at Reading. At just 19 years of age, he is one for the future, especially considering his record this season.

Michael has 4 goals and 9 assists in 31 Championship games (Transfermarkt). He clearly has potential considering that he has the joint top assists in the league.  

Despite being French, Olise can be considered a homegrown due to an English citizenship. This is perfect for the Lilywhites who have struggled recently filling the homegrown quota. 

He also reportedly has an £8 million release clause meaning it is a perfect option for us. 

Max Aarons: 

Our next option is Max Aarons from Norwich. The English right-back is just 21 years of age and was linked to teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich last summer (The Sun). 

He could be seen as the perfect fit for us as we continue to struggle at this position. Aurier and Doherty have both been too inconsistent so it would make sense to find new blood.  

Once again, he would fill the homegrown quota and with his 32 appearances this season. Aarons has been a rock in a strong Norwich side (Transfermarkt). 

Last summer, I believe that Aarons would have cost over £30 million. However, if Norwich don’t get promoted, they may be forced to accept a lower bid due to the coronavirus financial situation.

This would definitely be a strong signing as part of our much-needed defensive rebuild, however, it does seem as though the Canaries will be back in the Premier League next year.

Josh Dasilva: 

Our third option is Josh Dasilva from the West London club of Brentford. Dasilva has been a vital part of Brentford’s promotion push with 5 goals and 4 assists in 30 games from central midfield this season (Transfermarkt).

He would once again fit our homegrown quota with his English citizenship. 

Dasilva did face the Lilywhites in January during the Carabao cup semi-final. He may have got sent off after a reckless challenge on Hojberg, but Dasilva definitely has the potential to grow into a far stronger player.  

He would 100% not be a first team player for us, however, he would be a strong rotation player. It is possible that Levy might be able to sign him on the cheap if the Bees don’t get promoted. 

Ivan Toney: 

Ivan Toney has been the star player in the Championship this season for Brentford. The Englishman has a staggering 25 goals in 32 games this season making him the top scorer by some mile (Transfermarkt).  

He could be the perfect back up striker if Vinicius doesn’t sign permanently. However, this would seem very unlikely if Brentford get promoted. At 24 years of age, he still has room to grow so it would be ridiculous to not make a move.

It has been rumoured that Leicester are preparing a 25-million-pound move for him (The Sun). This seems a very fair price for a striker of his level. This is why I think we should challenge Leicester for him and make our move. 

Lee Buchanan: 

This youngster may well be the least known out of the five, however, he definitely has the potential to become the best. Buchanan has featured 26 times for Derby this season (Transfermarkt) in the left back or wing back role. 

At just 19 years of age, Buchanan has a bright future ahead of him, with manager and England legend Wayne Rooney, tipping him to play for England one day (Derbyshire Live). 

It definitely isn’t a priority for Spurs, with Reguilon and Sessegnon already at the club. However, if he is available for a cheap price, it definitely could be one for the future.  

All five of these players could be cheap and profitable signings for our club. However, they can’t be seen as a priority for us. It is imperative that we sign two first-team centre-backs in the summer and only then should we look in the lower leagues for additional signings

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