Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern were reasonably satisfied with their side on Sunday after seeing Spurs edge past Crystal Palace 1-0 at Wembley, a result which moved the North London outfit level on points with second place Manchester United in the Premier League table.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the Eagles off the back of a stunning victory over European champions Real Madrid on Wednesday, a result which booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Yet there did appear to be a hangover at Wembley on Sunday as Spurs were somewhat lethargic against Roy Hodgson’s side, although Son Heung-min’s fine strike midway through the second half was enough to seal the three points for the hosts.
And as such several of our resident Tottenham fans were happy with the result even if the performance wasn’t quite up to scratch, but it matters little as their team are now level on points with United in second after they lost 1-0 to Chelsea later on Sunday.
But a fortnight’s break without league action has stimulated much debate from those Tottenham fans lining up at the bar regarding the upcoming January transfer window, and what business their team could look to do to reinforce their squad ahead of the second half of the campaign.
And one man they have been linked with in recent days is Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, a Germany international who has made great strides in the Bundesliga in recent years.
The 22-year-old moved to the German club back in 2013 and has since gone on to play 128 games for the club, in which time he has scored 19 goals and laid on 13 assists.
And with four goals in just nine league games this time round, Goretzka continues to impress in his homeland, but his future at Schalke appears uncertain given that his contract is up at the end of the campaign, which has unsurprisingly attracted much interest from sides around Europe including Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and of course Tottenham.
But the £20.7 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) should look no further than Spurs as his next destination should he indeed decide against staying at Schalke, as the North London outfit are certainly heading in the right direction and have a manager who isn’t afraid of giving youngsters a chance.
Tottenham have finished third and then second in the past two Premier League seasons to suggest that they are now on the heavyweights of the division, but their excellent group stage campaign this term also underlines that they are growing as a European force as well.
Pochettino’s men were outstanding in home victories over Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid and were equally impressive in drawing 1-1 at the Bernabeu last month, and those sorts of performances haven’t been seen very often from Spurs in the last few years – remember, they won just twice in Europe last season.
Nonetheless, while they appear to be on the up, the same cannot be said of North London rivals Arsenal, who finished fifth last term and are already down in sixth this time round, while the serious competition for places at Barca and Bayern could see his undoubted talent go to waste.
And that’s another reason why Spurs is the right destination, as manager Pochettino has a proven track record in giving young players a chance.
The likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and most recently Harry Winks have all been backed to flourish by the Argentine during his time at Tottenham, and the first two are now a regular part of the England starting eleven, and the latter is well on his way to be as well.
Having someone like Pochettino, who seems to be admired around the continent for the job he is doing at Spurs, must be a determining factor in many players’ decisions, not least someone young and seeking first team football.
And that’s why Goretzka should shun offers from the aforementioned trio to move to Tottenham in the coming windows.
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