The Tottenham Hotspur fans have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern of late and recent reports regarding the future of Anthony Martial have given them further reason to be optimistic about the future of their club.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side all but secured their place in the top-four this season by recording a 2-1 victory over Stoke City on a weekend when 5th place Chelsea dropped points at home to West Ham. The pair of results allowed Spurs to move 10-points clear of their local-rivals with just 6 fixtures left to play, so it’s fair to say their qualification for the Champions League has effectively been secured.
With that in mind our resident Lilywhites have been looking ahead to the summer transfer window in recent days in order to identify a handful of players who their club should target. And according to recent reports from The Daily Telegraph, the club have also turned their attention to the summer window by monitoring the situation of Anthony Martial at Manchester United.
The report claims that Martial (valued at £58.5 million by Transfermarkt) has become disenchanted with his lack of first-team opportunities this season and could eventually leave Old Trafford in search of a new challenge this summer. Unsurprisingly, Tottenham are not the only club expressing an interest, as Atletico Madrid, PSG, Inter Milan and Juventus are all enticed by the idea of signing Martial according to the report.
Martial’s signing would be a massive statement of intent for Spurs and a telling indicator of the progress they have made under Pochettino in recent years, but there is reason to suggest his arrival would force Erik Lamela out of the club. Lamela has slowly established himself as an important first-team player since he returned from a year-long lay-off in November by producing a series of diligent and creative attacking displays in Tottenham white.
But Martial’s arrival would give Pochettino an extra option which could force Lamela to play a bit-part role next season. With the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura already vying for a place in Pochettino’s starting eleven, the increase in competition provided by Martial would be a concerning sign for Lamela.
Martial’s presence in North-London could force Pochettino to deploy Son on the right-side of his attacking midfield three more often in a bid to make room for his new acquisition and, with Moura also in contention for a starting berth in that position, Lamela’s departure may well represent a natural by-product of the French international’s arrival.
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