Tottenham Hotspur has endured a thoroughly disappointing transfer window thus far – a feeling which culminated with the announcement that Reo Griffiths has joined Lyon on a permanent deal following an electric season at youth level for the Lilywhites.
Indeed, Griffiths was widely-regarded as one of the best, if not the best talent to come through the academy in recent years, so naturally his departure represents a huge blow for the club, not only physically, but metaphorically. There was even a hint of a suggestion that Griffiths could step into the first-team next season in place of Fernando Llorente, but that particular suggestion has been firmly quashed by the recent news.
However, interestingly, a recent report from French media outlet L’Equipe suggests that Lyon could be willing to offload a teenage sensation of their own this summer, namely Myziane Maolida.
According to the report, Newcastle have made contact with the French giants regarding a potential deal for a player who is widely-regarded as one to watch for the future across the channel.
Considering Newcastle’s strong history of targeting players from Ligue 1 and their desperate need for further reinforcements in attack, the report is far from surprising.
At just 19-years-of-age Maolida has already made 13 senior appearances for the club, scoring just a single goal in the process, although it must be noted that only 2 of those appearances were made from the outset.
His record is far from ground-breaking, but he is still a young player trying to find his feet at senior level, and the promise he has shown at youth level suggests his strike-rate is bound to improve with further exposure at the highest level.
With that to consider, Mauricio Pochettino would be wise to hijack Newcastle’s bid for Maolida before it’s too late, as he could help the club to forget all about the departure of Griffiths and simultaneously exact revenge on the club whom poached their wonderkid.
Maolida possesses the versatility to play in both an inside-left position and at centre-forward, and his ability in this regard is bound to impress Pochettino in his hunt for a new attacking player to supplement his options in the final-third.
A record of 8 goals from 16 appearances for France’s U19 side suggests that, within the right environment, Maolida will eventually blossom into a clinical goalscorer, so Tottenham should not hesitate to hijack Newcastle’s bid in the coming days.
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