Tottenham Hotspur’s search for a new midfielder continues, and have been linked with a move for Feyenoord starlet Jordy Clasie, but may face competition from London rivals Chelsea for his signature.
The 21 year old Dutch international, who has won two caps for his country, has been highly impressive for Feyenood since breaking into the first team last season, and it seems they may be willing to sell him for around £5 million upon the transfer window opening. Clasie operates as a defensive midfielder, and his skill with the ball at his feet has had him labeled as the Dutch Xavi, but which club would he be more suited to?
Despite his youth, tenacity, and skill with the ball, joining Spurs would not be the suitable option for Clasie. Not that he wouldn’t be good enough at White Hart Lane, it’s purely down to the fact that with Sandro already amongst their ranks, Clasie would find his first team opportunities relatively limited when up against the Brazilian. Sandro has proven himself to be an excellent player for Spurs in the past two years, and with AVB reluctant to even switch his goalkeepers around, Clasie may wind up finding himself on the bench more often than not.
At Chelsea however, he would find first team chances far more regularly. With the departure of Essien and Meireles in the Summer transfer window, Chelsea now find themselves with only Mikel as their main defensive midfielder, with Ramires an awkward backup in an unfavoured position, and Romeu still untested.
This is where the acquisition of someone like Jordy would prove to be a superb move by boss Roberto Di Matteo. Mikel has never really lived up to the lofty expectations expected by him since his controversial transfer to Stamford Bridge, and the signing of Clasie to add competition for places would provide him with either the desire to improve, or simply lose his place to the Dutchman. At just £5 million too, Clasie would at least not turn out to be a potential big money flop.
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