The clear distinction in class between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City was clear to see on Monday evening as Riyad Mahrez’s early strike proved to be the difference between the two sides, and City’s superiority hinted that Daniel Levy cannot afford to stand still for another transfer window.
Tottenham’s home defeats against Liverpool, Man City and Barcelona have collectively served to illuminate how far the club need to improve if they wish to compete with the elite clubs in European football.
In all three fixtures Spurs have been outclassed by sides who have showcased a clinical edge which typically represents the hallmark of potential title winners, and the need for further reinforcements has never been more pressing for Mauricio Pochettino.
There is a growing feeling that the end of an era is looming at Tottenham which may or may not signal the end of Pochettino’s time as manager of the club.
But regardless of his future, there is almost no doubt that he will need to replace a handful of senior players within the next twelve months, including the likes of Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose.
A significant turnover in personnel may well be looming on the horizon so Levy will need to sanction the purchase of at least one new central midfielder to freshen things up and fill the void left by Dembele.
With that in mind, Levy should be on high alert following Adrien Rabiot’s latest omission from the PSG squad to face Marseille on Sunday.
According to a recent report from Goal, Thomas Tuchel left Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe out his starting eleven as the French pair were late to his pre-match team briefing.
Rabiot’s moment in the spotlight arrives just months after he infamously made the headlines for snubbing the opportunity to be on France’s standby list for the World Cup.
It’s no secret that Rabiot is a tightly strung troublemaker who has been guilty of creating his own problems, but he is a brilliant talent who possesses the potential to thrive within the right environment.
With his contract due to expire in June 2019 there is every chance that PSG could be tempted to cash in on the 23-year-old midfielder in the new year, so Levy should be on hand to capitalise if he becomes available.
Levy will naturally be tempted to agree a pre-contract agreement with Rabiot in order to secure his services for free in the summer, but a cut-price permanent deal in the January window is also an option worth considering.
The controversial playmaker is an excellent distributor of the ball, a strong aerial presence and a brilliant engine in the midfield, but major question marks still exist over his credentials to thrive at the top level due to his known attitude problem.
But if Pochettino is able to establish a positive working relationship with Rabiot, PSG’s controversial lynchpin could become a resounding success in north London.
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