It’s no secret that Tottenham Hotspur are aiming to boost their contingent of homegrown players in the transfer market, and a recent report suggests they have already missed out on securing the signatures of two excellent homegrown talents.
Indeed, Spurs were chasing a deal for Jack Grealish throughout the entirety of the summer 2018 transfer window, but after a long drawn out saga Villa tied him down to a new long-term contract just weeks after the window slammed shut.
Tottenham’s interest derived from his scope for improvement under Pochettino and the fact he would contribute towards the homegrown quota, but he was not the only talent on their radar according to a recent report from football.london.
The report claims that Spurs expressed an interest in signing the then Sheffield United talent David Brooks and Norwich City’s James Maddison, before both players completed switches to Bournemouth and Leicester City respectively.
Doubts over their credentials to emulate their Championship form in the top-flight were bound to surface as Levy and Pochettino mulled over a pair of potential deals, but the manner in which they have made the transition to Premier League football proves they made a huge mistake by failing to bring either player to north London.
Maddison, in particular, has been a class act this season, offering Leicester a genuine x factor in the final third and connecting the dots of an attack which would look notably fractured in his absence.
Between Maddison and Brooks the pairing have notched ten Premier League goals and provided five assists, leaving Spurs with feelings of regret over their failure to bring either talent to the club in the summer.
With Christian Eriksen’s future looking increasingly likely to be played away from Spurs, Maddison would have represented a perfect replacement for the Denmark international, and under a manager of Pochettino’s capability he would naturally grow into one of the league’s best number tens.
Brooks, on the other hand, is more of a predominantly been deployed as a right-winger, utilising his intricacy and elusive ability to drift into space on a regular basis for the Cherries.
Perhaps he’s lacking the ability to thrive at the top level which Maddison unquestionably has, but at £10.17 million he was certainly a bargain in waiting for the tight-fisted Levy.
Spurs will presumably press on with their interest in the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Jack Clarke after missing out on Maddison and Brooks, but the glowing form of the aforementioned pairing suggests ideal opportunities were missed in the market last summer.
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