Plenty has been made of Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to keep the money in the bank during the summer transfer window rather than splashing the cash on new talent, but there is reason to believe that Daniel Levy’s worst summer decision could yet on be on the horizon.
Depending on your perspective, the fact that Tottenham have managed to keep their core group of senior players at the club so far this summer can be viewed as a success in itself. Naturally, Tottenham’s failure to bring new players is certainly a point of grievance for the supporters, but there is enough strength in the squad to suggest that new signings were far from a necessity.
However, Tottenham’s indispensable talents are not safe from the charm of the continent and generous pay packets just yet, as clubs from La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 can sign players until August 31st, putting the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and even Lucas Moura in contention for a summer transfer.
Indeed, the latter is attracting interest from Real Betis according to the Spanish media outlet El Desmarque, despite the fact he only moved to North London in January.
Although Pochettino has forced Moura to be patient in the opening months of his career with his drawn-out approach to bedding him into the starting eleven, it seems clear that the Brazilian has the ability to become an instrumental figure in the club’s midfield.
The nimble-footed speed merchant provides more of a traditional option down the right-wing with his willingness to drive down the outside of his opponents whereas the alternative option, namely Erik Lamela, tends to drift inside onto his favoured left-foot.
The importance of having a variety of options and methods of breaking down the opposition simply cannot be underestimated, and Pochettino will need Moura’s unique set of attributes on a regular basis as the season develops.
To label Tottenham’s summer window as a complete failure would be verging on the harsh side, but if Daniel Levy decides to cash in on Moura less than a year after signing him from PSG there’s no doubt that notion will be void.
Whether Levy has any desire to entertain offers for Moura’s services from Betis remains to be seen, but if the La Liga club do eventually table a bid there’s no doubt that Levy must reject it, otherwise he will be made to deeply regret his decision later in the season.
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