Tottenham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side go down 1-0 to the Premier League’s bottom club West Brom on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with the struggling Baggies off the back of a 2-0 success over Watford on Monday night, and knowing that victory would take them a huge step closer to Champions League qualification. Yet the North Londoners were unable to make it back-to-back successes as a Jake Livermore strike two minutes into added time sealed a vital three points for Darren Moore’s side, thus keeping them in with a chance of avoiding relegation this season.
Subsequently, there have been many disappointed and downbeat Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can indeed close it out and seal a top four place this season, with games against Newcastle and Leicester to come in their quest to secure a third successive campaign of Champions League football.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand.
And the addition of the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer would go some way to enhancing Tottenham’s Premier League title credentials next season.
Ultimately, England international Danny Rose has been unable to re-assert his dominance of the left back position at Spurs this season, with injury keeping him out for the first few months, and a lack of form since then seeing Ben Davies often retain his place.
And while the Welshman deserves credit for a solid campaign this time round, some of our resident Spurs fans are unsure and ultimately unconvinced whether the 25-year-old has what it takes to perform his best on the big stage, a stage Tottenham will be hoping to compete even more on in the coming years.
Yet there aren’t as many doubts regarding Bertrand’s ability at that level, given he has propelled himself to the top of the England pecking order in the last few years such have been his impressive efforts for Southampton.
The 28-year-old has developed into one of the most consistent full backs in the Premier League during his time at St Mary’s, with his dynamism in being able to help in attack and fulfil defensive duties earning rave reviews from many in the Tavern.
Yes, signing a player who may well be relegated this season may not appear to be the most ambitious and exciting of moves for some of our resident Tottenham supporters, but one simply mustn’t forget Bertrand’s efforts in the last few years, and indeed in the latter stages of his Chelsea career, including a fine display in their Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich back in 2012.
Arguably, the Englishman is a better all round full back than Davies and perhaps more dynamic in the final third – there’s a reason he’s been ahead of Rose in the England pecking order in the last few years.
And with Spurs eyeing additions that can improve their first team, a starting eleven many feel is one of the best in the league, it will surely serve to improve their title chances next season.
And Bertrand’s addition would do just that.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!