A scary headline confronted me this morning when checking the Spurs news feed.“Tottenham after new Torres”, claim Italian site Tuttomercato
Wait wait. Before Spurs fans all over the country hurl their computers away in disgust, keep reading. It doesn’t mean we’re about to blow that whole £50 million budget on a goal-phobic Spaniard, instead the article is referring to a mythical goal-machine Torres of years gone past.
And the new Torres in question? Raheem Sterling
The young prodigy is reportedly tired of floating around the fringes of the Liverpool team, and feels he has not been given enough chances at Anfield. Apparently promises have been broken, and relations are deteriorating.
Liverpool paid £600,000, possibly rising to £5 million, for the winger/striker when he was just 15! Sterling, now 17, has impressed and scored for fun at youth and reserve levels.
If Spurs fans want to know more about this player then all hail that modern day scouting system Youtube, where Sterling made a name for himself after these goals. So he has an eye for goals, he has speed, and his has a name that sounds like an 80’s movie star. A good singing for Spurs then?
Well, maybe. There has been no word yet on a transfer fee as of yet, but for a youth player ‘Pool have tied to a contract, and paid top money for themselves, Spurs would probably have to up Liverpool’s £5 Million deal. That kind of fee can be an immense weight on young shoulders.
There is also Raheem’s troubles off the field. Yes that’s right, after Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba, Sterling is the latest young star to be building a bigger name for the troubles he’s causing his club than his contribution to it. Sterling has recently got two girls pregnant just weeks apart.
Add to this his (or more likely his agents) instigating trouble at Liverpool, and Raheem is fast creating the impression he’ll be a headache for the Spurs management.
But the biggest question is why he thinks he’s more likely to get first team football at Spurs than Liverpool? Spurs have been slowly blooding the likes of Livermore and Kane, but are not yet known for Arsenal like youth development. Still, despite my warning Spurs have a rare chance to grab one of the games best young natural talents. We can’t predict the future, but that certainly sounds like a good deal for the present.
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