On Wednesday evening, Tottenham Hotspur chief scout, Steve Hitchen was spotted at Carrow Road, home to league leaders Norwich.
The Canaries extended their gap at the top of the Championship to seven points with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bristol City.
The question is, why Carrow Road?
When looking at reasons why Steve Hitchen may have been at the Norwich game, this is by far the most obvious one.
The 20-year-old central midfielder has been an ever-present for the Canaries since joining them on loan at the start of the season.
The England under-21 international has made 26 appearances under Daniel Farke and the solid relationship he has formed in the heart of Norwich’s midfield, alongside Kenny Mclean, has virtually made the pair undroppable.
Another talented England under-21 international, right-back Max Aarons has been a long-standing target for Spurs.
The speedy full-back has enjoyed another good season at Norwich, providing four goal contributions in 25 league appearances (transfermarkt).
Tottenham were heavily linked with a move for Max Aarons last summer. Despite being relegated from the Premier League last season, his performances did not go under the radar.
However, after signing a 5-year deal in July 2019, Norwich were not in a position to sell, nor was Max Aarons going to force a move.
He told The Athletic in July, “I’ve got four years left on my contract here, so I’ll be coming back ready to go, ready to attack next year.”
With first-choice right-back Serge Aurier’s contract expiring in 2022, and the underwhelming performances of summer signing Matt Doherty, we could see Daniel Levy reignite his interest in a player that certainly fits the bill.
Arguably Norwich’s best and most valuable player. The Argentine attacking midfielder is the creative spark for the Canaries and has been in fine form this season.
The 24-year-old has already racked up seven goals and seven assists so far (transfermarkt). A player who could fill the boots of Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, whose future looks to be anywhere but Tottenham at this moment.
Daniel Farke recently claimed that Buendia will not be leaving in this window (Sky Sports): “It makes no sense for any of my key players to leave at this moment. And it makes no sense for us as a club right now to sell any of my players.”
Despite these comments, there is no doubt that a player of Buendia’s quality will have aspirations of winning silverware.
The home-grown talent made quite the impact in his debut season in the Premier League. The local lad conjured up six goals and two assists, three of the goals coming against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal (transfermarkt).
The midfielder was linked with a move to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds in the summer and, after the deal didn’t materialise, he had a lengthy spell out of the team due to injury. Cantwell is now beginning to re-discover the form that saw him first burst onto the scene.
According to Football Insider, Tottenham have heavily scouted the 22-year-old, so this might be one to keep an eye on.
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