Tottenham supporters have been reasonably downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent weeks given their team’s disappointing run of form in the Premier League, although they did have something to cheer about in midweek as their side eased past Apoel Nicosia 3-0 at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won just one of their last six league matches to fall to sixth place and 18 points behind leaders Manchester City, thus ending their title hopes for at least another season. And although several Spurs fans have been pretty down in the Tavern recently, they were pleased with their team’s display on Wednesday night, as goals from Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-min, and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou secured a comfortable victory for Pochettino’s side, who finished their Champions League group stage campaign with 16 points from their six games, more than any other side in the competition.
Nonetheless, many of our resident Tottenham fans have been downbeat in the Tavern recently, with several of them turning their attentions to January, in particular to who their team could look to sign in a bid to bolster their ranks and get their season back on track.
And one man they’ve been linked with in recent times is Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who of course moved to the Bernabeu from Tottenham back in 2012, and has since gone on to become one of the world’s best midfielders.
Yet his time in the Spanish capital could be at an end with reports suggesting that he has expressed his desire to leave to captain Sergio Ramos, and he could well be the missing piece of the Spurs jigsaw if he were to make the move back to North London.
And that’s because the Croatia international has trophy-winning pedigree at the highest level, and has performed in some of the biggest matches to suggest that he has the mentality to go out and perform under pressure.
Ultimately, in the last two seasons, Spurs have chased down Leicester City and Chelsea respectively and deserve great credit for doing so, but whenever they got within touching distance of either side, they were unable to perform to the best of their abilities.
And while this season’s victories over Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in the Champions League suggest that they are working away at performing on the big stage, their inability to get results against the so-called big six of the Premier League away from home must be of huge concern to Pochettino, and indeed the club’s supporters.
Even last season’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, a game in which they played and performed well enough to win it, saw them lose it 4-2.
Thus, questions have been asked about Spurs’ mentality on the big stage, yet no such questions are needed in terms of Modric’s.
The 32-year-old has won a La Liga title as well as three Champions League crowns during his time at Real, playing every single minute of the three European finals they have won, in which time he laid on two assists to help them overcome Atletico Madrid in 2014, and then Juventus back in May.
So not only would he bring immense quality to the middle of the park, which could well afford the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen greater freedom in an attacking role, he’d also bring trophy-winning experience and a big-game mentality to Pochettino’s side.
And with the Argentine still seeking his first trophy in charge of the Spurs, and the pressure increasing by the day for him to win one, he could do a lot worse than look at the £36 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) in January, as he could well be the missing piece of the Tottenham trophy-winning jigsaw.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!