As the summer transfer window slammed shut at midnight on 31st August, Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas had come to the realisation that he had missed out on his number one transfer target Joao Moutinho.
The Portugese midfielders move was halted at the final hour by his third party ownership and AVB was left without a pivotal play-maker until at least January.
Now with the new year transfer window looming it seems that AVB may have switched his attentions elsewhere as he searches for a midfield metronome that can power spurs into the top four.
Roma’s Miralem Pjanic has been touted as Spurs’ main transfer target come January as AVB has set his sights on this Bosnian play-maker rather than resurrecting the Joao Moutinho deal (link). Pjanic has recently fallen out favour in the Italian capital and Spurs may be able to swoop in for a cut price deal for the 22 year old as Roma are looking to move him on.
However, although Pjanic may be available on the cheap, is he really the man to fill the Modric shaped hole in Spurs’ midfield?
Pjanic certainly has a lot of talent and could be a real star in years to come as he has great close control and the natural ability to go past players. The 22 year old is very accomplished technically aswell, with two good feet, decent at set pieces and a crisp striker of the ball.
It all sounds very promising for Pjanic but I think there is still a question mark over his play-making abilities and that knack of unlocking defences. He is still fairly young so it is something that may come with time, but apart from this Pjanic would certainly be a good addition for Spurs.
However the Bosnian should only be an option if Spurs cannot attract a more established playmaker. If AVB can thrash out a deal for Moutinho or convince Shakhtar Donetsk superstar Willian to switch to White Hart Lane then Pjanic will soon be forgotten about. Miralem Pjanic is certainly a decent alternative for AVB but if he wants to nail down that Champions League spot and keep his job he would be better off with the proven quality of Moutinho and Willian.