Pundit names playmaker Spurs should sign now and another who is one for the future

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Dom Le Roy

Former Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan does not approve of Tottenham’s rumoured move for Todd Cantwell and urged the club to go for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho instead.

Cantwell’s impressive performances in the top-flight this season seem to have attracted Tottenham’s attention.

The Lilywhites are reportedly set to ramp up their interest in the young midfielder when the transfer market opens, according to a report by Football Insider.

Former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown has already advised the Lilywhites against making a move for the Norwich player, urging the club to show more ambition and go for a big-name signing.

Whelan has now seconded Brown’s assessment by suggesting that Coutinho, who Spurs have also been linked with over the past weeks, would be the ideal fit for the club.

He insisted that Cantwell is not ready to challenge for a first-team spot at Spurs at this stage of his career.

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said: “I think he (Cantwell) is one for the future but Tottenham need a little bit of magic in that number 10 role.

“Coutinho would be a great fit. He is the sort of player they should be looking at. You get four years out of him you would probably get a lot of reward.

“For the future, Cantwell is a very talented player. He will be learning from some great players but is he going to compete for a place right now? Probably not.

“They have better players in that position but you must always look to the future.”

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We cannot forget the fact that all clubs including Tottenham are facing extreme financial uncertainty at the moment and so big-money moves like Coutinho would be a major risk to undertake during this transfer window. While Cantwell probably won’t make an immediate impact at Spurs, he is homegrown and has the potential to evolve into a top player. So, he will be a solid acquisition under the circumstances.

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