This article forms part of our The Ones That Got Away feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern take a look back at players linked with moves in the past and see how they would have made an impact had they signed for the interested side.
Towards the back end of last season, it became apparent that manager Mauricio Pochettino wanted to get rid of at least a dozen Tottenham Hotspur players (via Evening Standard) amid a squad overhaul that has since been called for amid a difficult start to the campaign in north London.
So, with that in mind, the fact a move for Juventus star Paulo Dybala was touted by British media, looks even more frustrating. Indeed, it ultimately failed after Juventus decided not to sell without a replacement after missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Internazionale (via Sky Sports) and it certainly looks to be a transfer that got away from the Lilywhites.
The Argentina international has been in brilliant form for the Turin-based side recently, scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 win over title-rivals Inter. Furthermore, his impact has been bigger than just one goal, the 25-year-old has had the second-most shots and completed the most dribbles out of the squad this season. He has also been fouled the most times showing his dangerous dribbling ability (via WhoScored).
To put that into context, no one in the London side’s squad is fouled more often (2.4 times per game) and not even Harry Kane averages more shots per game (3 to 3.6) so it’s clear he would have brought a fresh attacking impetus in support of the England striker.
As written about Miguel Delaney of the Independent, Spurs are looking stale. Obviously, there has been limited investment in recent seasons after going over a year without signing a single player and the same journalist even pointed out that the former Palmero ace could have brought ‘something truly different’ to the club’s ranks.
Frustratingly, the club missed out and must be left wondering what could have been after his performances this season.
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