Tottenham Hotspur must look to use the upcoming summer transfer window to bolster their squad in a number of positions if they are to continue their challenge for honours. Mauricio Pochettino’s squad could arguably do with a little bit of freshening up, especially in the defensive midfield department.
Victor Wanyama currently remains at the club, however, his future in north London must be in doubt as he has struggled to make a real impact following the injuries that have blighted his career recently.
Franck Kessie could be an excellent upgrade on the Kenya international, with Spurs having been linked with his signature in recent months, however, if we compare the two players together, will the Ivorian come out on top?
Let’s find out…
When he is fully fit, he has plenty of energy and can dominate the space in the middle of the park as he can run in between the two boxes with plenty of intensity and be a force to be reckoned with at times.
However, as mentioned, the writing appears to be on the wall for Wanyama as he could be one of the players Pochettino could look to offload in the summer (The Daily Mail). The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries and when he has been fit, it would seem he has been overlooked at times.
Harry Winks has continually put in a number of performances, whilst Eric Dier can be favoured when available, leaving the Kenyan having to make do with a place on the bench for the most part of the season.
Wanyama has made just five starts in all competitions so far this season, which just goes to show how far he has fallen down the pecking order, despite having been an excellent servant for the north London and having been a fan favourite.
TT Grade: C+
Kessie could be an extremely great addition to Tottenham and if the early stages of his career are anything to go by, the Ivory Coast international has a bright future ahead of him.
The 22-year-old, who is valued at £31.5million (Transfermarkt), has been really impressive for AC Milan this season and could essentially act as a younger version of Wanyama as he also offers plenty of intensity and energy in front of the defence, whilst also possessing a lot of technical ability and strength whilst on the ball.
He rarely misses a tackle and is also fairly useful when going forward, as he has also chipped in with assists and goals for the Serie A outfit, which makes him an ideal replacement for Wanyama.
However, whether Milan do decide to let him go remains to be seen whilst if he were to arrive in north London, he would certainly have to go straight into the first-team, which could see either Winks or Dier have to replace Wanyama on the substitutes bench.
TT Grade: B+
The defensive midfield area at Tottenham is definitely an area of the field that the club could do with improving in the summer and Kessie would have to be seriously considered as an option.
The 22-year-old could replicate everything that Wanyama used to do for Spurs during his best years and also has the potential of becoming a world-class midfielder in the future.
For that reason, Kessie has to be considered the winner of this battle.
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