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Opinion: Ruben Loftus-Cheek should be on Pochettino’s radar if Chelsea sign Nicolo Barella

Opinion: Ruben Loftus-Cheek should be on Pochettino’s radar if Chelsea sign Nicolo Barella

Mauricio Pochettino is practically famed for his ability to inspire the next generation of fledgling English talent and a recent transfer report suggests he will have an ideal opportunity to bring another prodigy to Tottenham Hotspur this month. 

That Pochettino has managed to achieve the unthinkable feat of transforming Moussa Sissoko into an actual footballer vindicates the Argentine’s reputation as one of the best man-managers in the game.

His success in helping Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Harry Winks, to name just a few, establish themselves at Spurs has been one of his most distinguishing managerial qualities, and with the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and Oliver Skipp flirting with the senior squad there is no doubt that trend is set to continue.

Various transfer reports would leave us to believe that Spurs were once interested in Jack Grealish, but his decision to sign a new contract has forced their attention towards another Championship talent, Jarrod Bowen.

Like Grealish, Bowen would contribute to the homegrown quota and is bursting with potential, but there is reason to suggest the north London club could and perhaps should be looking at a higher calibre talent.

Indeed, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has effectively been hung out to dry at Stamford Bridge so far this season, making just nine Premier League appearances of which only one was from the outset.

The warning signs are there to suggest he will be on his way out of the club in the near future, and a recent report from Goal detailing Chelsea’s endeavours to secure a £45 million deal for Italian wonderkid Nicolo Barella has scribbled the writing on the wall for the England international.

Cesc Fabregas may well be on his way out of Chelsea but his presence has done little, if anything, to impact on Loftus-Cheeks’ first-team opportunities this season.

With that said, the 22-year-old will surely be pushing for a move away from Chelsea this month in a bid to kickstart his stuttering career, and Tottenham could be the perfect place for him to do exactly that.

Pochettino’s remarkable track record with installing confidence into aspiring talents and enabling them to realise their potential is the best around in Premier League football. He is the man with the quality to finally unearth the true level of Loftus-Cheeks’ boundless potential, providing Spurs can lure him to north London, of course.

It’s a deal which would certainly carry a weight of controversy given the rivalry between the two clubs but, with Tottenham looking short of options in central midfield and Chelsea looking to recoup some of the £58 million they spent on Christian Pulisic, it’s one which makes sense for all parties concerned at this point in Loftus-Cheeks’ career.

Tottenham fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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