Tottenham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team suffer a second successive FA Cup semi-final defeat courtesy of a 2-1 reverse against Manchester United on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men got past AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, Rochdale, and Swansea City to reach the last four for the second time in 12 months, yet seeking to go one better after coming up short against Chelsea last year. However, it wasn’t to be for Spurs again despite taking the lead through Dele Alli, with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera clinching a deserved victory for Jose Mourinho’s side, who advance to the showpiece next month.
Subsequently, there have been many despondent Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are beginning to wonder whether their side will indeed win a trophy under Pochettino, what with it now four years without one under the Argentine.
Yet several of our resident Spurs supporters are turning their attentions towards the summer and what business their side may seek to do, with many of the opinion that they should go after Ross Barkley again following his tricky start to life at Chelsea.
Ultimately, the England international only made the move to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window, but has just three senior appearances to show for his efforts in West London.
Yes, injury problems have had something to do with his difficulties, but so has a lack of form given he failed to score or assist in those three appearances, as well as the fact that he has spent their last three games in all competitions on the substitute’s bench.
Thus, his decision to move to Stamford Bridge hasn’t quite paid off just yet, and Spurs should seek to plant further doubt in his mind by reigniting their interest.
Clearly, the North Londoners were missing that extra bit of quality or spark in the second half against United on Saturday, with their inability to fashion opportunities and break down a resolute Red Devils backline synonymous with their struggles in games of that magnitude before.
Yet Barkley, albeit pretty inconsistent during his professional career to date, does possess that match-winning quality and fearlessness to seize the initiative in the middle of the park, and as such appears to be the sort of player Pochettino needs in his midfield department.
The Argentine is clearly a fan of the 24-year-old having reportedly kept tabs on him for a while, and given the impact the Tottenham boss has had on fellow English youngsters Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Kane, it’s evident that he can get the best out of them by giving them opportunities in the first team.
And, with the former Everton man not currently getting those chances in Chelsea’s starting eleven, and the Blues likely facing a key summer given they look set to miss out on Champions League qualification, Spurs should seek to reignite their interest in the £22.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
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