The Tottenham fans were feeling mixed emotions in the Transfer Tavern on Sunday evening following their dramatic 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
Tottenham’s hopes of clinching a place in the Champions League this season remain firmly intact after claiming a point against their fellow top-four rivals Liverpool on Sunday. Although the Lilywhites had to rely on a last-gasp penalty from Harry Kane to take a point away from Merseyside, there were plenty of Tottenham supporters who felt shortchanged by the result.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were awarded a late penalty after Erik Lamela was adjudged to have been fouled by Virgil Van Dijk in the area after Fernando Llorente had flicked the ball into the Argentine’s path inside the box. In the aftermath of proceedings, the penalty decision dominated both the headlines and the discussion amongst supporters, whilst Llorente’s impact from the bench went relatively unnoticed.
The former Swansea talent has struggled to find his feet in North London as Harry Kane’s understudy, but he should be given credit for playing a major role in his clubs equaliser against Liverpool. However, at 32-years-of-age, Llorente does not represent a long-term solution to provide support for Kane up-front, so Pochettino should be working in conjunction with Daniel Levy to identify a financially viable alternative to the Spaniard next summer.
One talent who Spurs could be tempted by is the infamous ex-Man City and Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli (valued at £19.8 million by Transfermarkt), who is currently playing his trade for Nice in Ligue 1. Balotelli is set to become a free agent when his contract expires in June following a two-year spell in France.
Whilst he has been at Nice, the 27-year-old has scored 36 goals from 53 appearances – a record which strongly suggests he has finally matured as a player and begun to realise his full potential. Naturally, a move for Balotelli would carry a strong element of risk, but if the Italian can prove to Pochettino that he is mentally prepared for one final stab at the English top-flight then Tottenham should add a quality attacking option to their ranks on a free transfer next summer.
Let’s not forget, though riddled with controversy and mixed form, Balotelli did look okay at points during his last stint in England – and if anyone can get him on the straight and narrow it is Mauricio Pochettino.
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