Tottenham Hotspur are a team that have been developing younger players to come into gaps in the first team, whether that be Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Dele Alli or more recently Marcus Edwards, Spurs have a specific way they go about business.
However, that’s all well and good until you find that your team might be lacking a certain something in areas of the pitch, something those younger players might lack in.
With that said the good folk here at SpursWeb have compiled a list of 5 players that would fit the current Spurs team and add that extra something that we need.
The Croatian midfielder is making a name for himself in Serie A with Fiorentina, as well as good performance’s at a domestic level, he became one of the unsung heroes of his national team’s successful outing at euro 2016.
A stocky midfielder that’s akin to Moussa Dembele in the way that he is a very intelligent player and loves to get stuck in, sometimes too much, however he has shown a willingness to let others steam off higher up the field so he can read the game from further away, he would be a great addition for the rumoured fee of £10m.
Whilst Dele Alli has not done badly in the position when called upon (v Monaco) it seems like adding depth to our already strong midfield certainly couldn’t hurt, especially after the catalogue of injuries we already have or could potentially have down the line.
Could another ex-Pochettino Southampton man be on his way to the lane?
Schneiderlin is clearly the kind of player that Poch likes to have, he has proved that with Wanyama, when he likes a player he will have every confidence in them being his guy, if we can get a good price, why not?
The Frenchman has been massively underutilized at Manchester United thus far, playing just 2 games off the bench in the Premier League and starting 2 of United’s Europa League games, it’s fair to say that he would be unhappy to be left out so much, given his evident quality.
Let’s work on the theory that Jose Mourinho will be having this mass cull in January that every news site is reporting on, presumably Schneiderlin would be a part of that? The United boss is known to favour Pogba, Herrera, Mata, Carrick, Fellani, Lingard and Rooney in those vital Centre Midfield roles, so it’s certainly possible.
This is one of those slightly more optimistic players to have selected for this list, but the theory does have a couple of things going for it;
- According to many, many outlets, this deal was close to happening in the summer on a seasons long loan and apparently he is a keen admirer of Mauricio Pochettino.
- He isn’t getting the game time at Real Madrid, not massively surprising considering their bevy of talent, I think he knows he suits Poch’s system, it’s more a case of if he wants to take that jump at this point in his career.
If he were to join Spurs he would do so, presumably, on a season long loan, which could be a great idea, considering our wage structure, his desire to continue long term at Madrid, our need for a real playmaker and joining the play of Dembele and Wanyama to that of Harry Kane.
I’d love to see him join us, but in the past few days it has emerged that Manchester City and Bayern Munich are entering the race for his signature too, so maybe this is a lot more wishful thinking than we’re keen to admit.
Watching Spurs play against Leverkusen (home and away), it struck me that we lacked a lot of pace to get in behind defences that had long spells of pressure against us, inevitably we will play teams that will dominate us for long spells and that’s where I think Tottenham could do with serious speed up front, the type we’ve missed since the days of Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale, just to name a few.
Enter Moses Simon, we first got linked with the young Gent winger last summer, legend has it that we were asked to pay £15 million for his services and naturally Levy baulked at such a demand.
The young Nigerian winger has pace for days, a small, stocky but aggressively fast paced winger, he has terrorized defences in the Belgian League when he has been on form, however recently he has found form hard to come by, possibly Poch is the man to see past this young man’s form and look towards his potential, he’s very similar to N’Jie in style so who knows?
Spurs missed out on signing a serious European hotshot at this time last year, his name was Moussa Dembele (the striker, now at Celtic after moving from Fulham), and boy has he gone down a storm.
With that said, a similar situation has arisen, Charlton could be shipping their star striker Ademola Lookman, who has 10 goals in the League One campaign so far, with the versatility needed of any Pochettino player.
Capable of playing winger, striker, centre forward or centre attacking midfield, this pocket rocket shares a few characteristics with the aforementioned Moses Simon, in the fact that they both offer fantastic pace at a stocky build, however, Lookman is going under the radar, for now.
To avoid the stumbling block of last time, if a deal is struck with the exception of where he finishes the season, like the Dembele fiasco, then let him finish the season at Charlton, worked for Dele Alli didn’t it? We may need a striker with pace right this second but in the interests of the long term, maybe that’s just what the doctor ordered.
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