Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a whole host of names this summer to replace Mousa Dembele, but with less than a week to go before the transfer window closes they are yet to make a significant move into the market.
The likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Lewis Cook have been linked with transfers to Tottenham to replace Dembele, but a player who was once heavily linked with the club, namely Abdoulaye Doucoure, has not been a regular feature of the persistent speculation.
A recent report from the Watford Observer can begin to explain why the rumours have gone quiet, as Watford have reportedly slapped a £45 million price-tag on his head following a thoroughly impressive season in the Premier League.
Although Doucoure enjoyed a fantastic season for Watford during the 2017/18 campaign, the reported asking price is far too extortionate for Tottenham to mull over this summer.
Doucoure was an ever-present at the heart of Watford’s midfield, and his ability to combine defensive solidity with lung-bursting runs forward both with and without the ball was certainly impressive.
With 7 goals and 3 assists to boast from midfield, Doucoure proved that he can be a valuable presence in the final-third, to the extent in which he equalled Dembele’s record of Premier League goals for Tottenham.
But basing a £45 million transfer decision – which would represent a new club record for an incoming signing – on the evidence of a single season is an incredibly short-sighted approach which is certainly inadvisable considering how Moussa Sissoko has turned out since signing from Newcastle United.
The France international arrived at Spurs following a two and a half year spell on Tyneside in which he impressed with his direct approach and ability to bypass players in the final-third, although his end-product was clearly lacking.
Much to the dismay of the supporters, nothing has changed since he signed for the club and at £31.5 million he certainly represents something of a transfer flop.
Tottenham have made plenty of wise transfer decisions since they brought Sissoko to north London, so sanctioning a £45 million deal for Doucoure would be their worst decision since Sissoko joined.
If Tottenham have genuine ambitions of winning the Premier League title they will need to turn their attention towards proven quality who can make a telling difference throughout the season but, unfortunately for Doucoure, he simply doesn’t fit the bill.
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