The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that a few new faces could come to North London in the summer. Apart from the signing of Lucas Moura, the Lilywhites were quiet throughout the month of January, with Mauricio Pochettino focusing on evolution, rather than revolution.
In the summer, though, it would make sense for Spurs to bring in a few players as they look to catch-up to Man City at the top of the Premier League table.
However, one player that looks unlikely to move to the club is attacker Malcom. According to the Evening Standard, Malcom is set to leave Bordeaux this summer, and Tottenham – alongside Arsenal – could be given a transfer opening by being offered the Brazilian. However, the interest from both clubs – stemming from January – is said to have dwindled, and so they are unlikely to pursue any deal at present.
It’s certainly a change in stance from Tottenham, though it’s easy to see why.
Lucas Moura, in many ways, is a similar player to Malcom – with the 25-year-old providing the same tricks and technique, just with vastly improved levels of experience. As a result, the young Brazilian may be better suited to another top club where he would get weekly game time.
Tottenham’s stance could change between now and the summer, of course, but at present, Pochettino clearly has other ideas.
Malcom is a regular in France despite his relative youth, having picked up 22 Ligue 1 starts this season. With 8 goals and 6 assists thus far, his influence is clear. Offering fantastic passing, technique and skill on the ball, there is no doubting his quality.
From Tottenham’s perspective, though, they don’t really have a desperate need to bring in a new attacker. They’ve got plenty of depth, and whilst their needs could change – depending on any summer departures – they can’t plan for that quite yet.
The speed at which Lucas Moura adapts is likely to have an impact on any interest, as Pochettino may want to bring in more quality if the Brazilian is slow to adjust.
Malcom is a top player, and he’ll likely have a number of suitors, but it makes sense for Spurs to avoid a move at the moment, nonetheless.
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