The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are crying out for a fresh injection of pace in the January window…
Tottenham have endured a stuttering opening to the campaign which has seen them lose significant ground on league-leaders Manchester City. The typical intensity that has characterised Tottenham’s performances in recent years has been absent from their game in recent weeks, much to the concern of the resident Lilywhites propping up our bar. The supporters in the tavern have pointed towards a distinct lack of pace in the Tottenham ranks as one of the main reasons for their decline this season.
The recent return of Erik Lamela was a massive boost for everybody involved at Tottenham Hotspur, but if the club want to compete for major honours this season, they need to purchase a right-winger with a genuine cutting edge.
With that being said, Tottenham should look no further than Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, who is currently valued at £26 million by Transfermarkt. In the current economic climate, £26 million for Mahrez represents an absolute steal considering his proven ability in the English top-flight.
The Algerian would provide a unique option within Tottenham’s current set-up, due to his set of qualities that are only replicated by some of the world’s most dangerous players.
In Leicester City’s legendary title-winning campaign in the 2015/16 season, Mahrez was simply unplayable.
Regardless of the calibre of the opposition, Mahrez showed no fear as he dazzled defenders with his ability to relentlessly dribble directly at the opposition with blistering pace and sublime trickery.
The Algerian deservedly collected the PFA Player of the Year award that season after netting 17 goals and laying on 10 assists for his Leicester teammates.
If there’s one thing missing from Mauricio Pochettino’s side right now, then it is certainly a wide-player who possesses the rare ability to confidently take on his opponent in the final third.
Tottenham’s ambitions for the season are in danger of fading into mediocrity, but with the signing of Riyad Mahrez in January, the Lilywhites could potentially go all the way in the Champions League this season.