Tottenham Hotspur could sure do with signing a defensive midfielder or two in the summer following Mousa Dembele’s departure and Victor Wanyama looking likely to follow suit. However, if they had kept on to one of their men for just a little longer, they may have had the perfect man to replace them without having to potentially spend big to sign him.
That man is Etienne Capoue, who has been thriving in the Premier League and at Watford for the past couple of seasons.
Admittedly, he did not have the best of times at White Hart Lane and looked to be one of Franco Baldini’s many flop additions and it would have been difficult to exactly predict that he would turn into the player that he has become today.
Looking back at his time at Spurs, things really did not make for great reading. He spent just two seasons in north London, making 36 appearances across all competitions and scoring two goals before Mauricio Pochettino decided to offload him to near-by Watford.
Capoue has admitted recently that there was ‘big pressure’ on him at Tottenham to succeed, which appears to have got to him and his ability to produce the type of performances that were expected from him when he joined from Toulouse.
“At Tottenham it was different (the atmosphere) because it is another type of job at a club like that; it’s about coming in, working hard and having to win every game,” he told Watford’s matchday programme (via Football.London) back in October 2018.
“There is big pressure so it’s different.”
However, with ‘less pressure’ at Watford, it appears the 30-year-old has found his feet in the English game and has since gone on to become a key figure for Javi Gracia’s side as well as a fan favourite with those in the stands at Vicarage Road.
He continues to be a mainstay in the first-team for the Hornets and has helped them to a FA Cup semi-final this season, as well as an impressive campaign in the Premier League.
Admittedly, he had rarely shown the quality he does have, however, with Tottenham needing additions in the defensive midfield area, the club could have some regret about letting a player go before he reached his prime.
Tottenham fans, what do you make of Capoue’s improvement? Do you think he could have developed into a key player for you if given a little more time? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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