Tottenham are reportedly set to rival Manchester United for Norwich City prodigy Ben Godfrey with Mauricio Pochettino keen to reinforce midfielder, but is this really the level they should be targeting after the Champions League disaster?
In demand Ben Godfrey can apparently add another top-level club to his list of suitors with Pochettino’s Spurs joining Solskjaer’s Manchester United in pursuit of his signature, as per the Daily Mail.
The young Englishman has impressed just about everybody who has seen him play for the Canaries this season, considering their campaign as a whole as well as some of the links we’ve already mentioned, having played a fundamental role in Daniel Farke’s title-winning side, appearing in every minute of Championship football since December 8 2018.
The 21-year-old, who only made his debut at the tender age of 17 for York City before joining Norwich in January 2016, has experienced a meteoric rise through the footballing ranks, and is now set for his biggest leap yet, if reports are true.
Godfrey has operated at both centre back and in the holding midfielder role, though it is his performances in midfield that have apparently caught Pochettino’s eye and convinced him to make a move.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
We believe, and feel free to tell us that we’re wrong, that there’s a certain Eric Dier currently loitering around the Spurs squad who functions in exactly the same way, so why the club are seemingly so sold on the idea of buying someone who operates in such a similar role is unclear and shouldn’t exactly inspire confidence.
Indeed, having lost out to Liverpool in the Champions League final, which they probably should have won on the balance of chances (64.6 – 35.4 percent possession and 8 shots on target compared to 3) surely it would be more prudent for Spurs to smash into the summer transfer window with real intent, and maybe, just maybe, a change in tact to spruce up a declining midfield; especially now Christian Eriksen has announced (per Ekstra Bladet) his intent to seek a new challenge.
Clearly, Pochettino has previously enjoyed success with buying players of this ilk. Just look at Dele Alli, after all. However, surely this has to be phase two of the Argentine’s project in North London, with more time and effort spent on targeting players close to the finished product.
Liverpool announced the signing of Fabinho after losing the Champions League final; Tottenham are linked with Ben Godfrey. Prudent perhaps but not exactly the change in tact Pochettino has previously said is required.
Forget signing Norwich prospects who may or may not be a decent player in the future; it’s time to target top of the class stars and break the bank, Mr Levy.
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