Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much relishing their side’s FA Cup semi-final encounter with Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday, with Spurs seeking to reach the showpiece for the first time since winning the competition back in 1991.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men began their quest for a first title in 27 years with a routine 3-0 success over AFC Wimbledon in the third round, yet they needed replays to see off both Newport County and Rochdale to reach the last eight. But they then produced their best performance of the competition to ease past Swansea City 3-0 last month, thus booking their spot in the semi-finals this weekend, where they will meet Jose Mourinho’s United.
As such, there are many optimistic Tottenham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can indeed go on and win the FA Cup this term, and thus bring to an end a ten-year wait for some silverware.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Norwich City midfielder James Maddison this summer.
Yet Pochettino’s Spurs have also been linked with the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), and as such the England Under-21 international should forget about Arsenal and instead opt for their North London rivals.
Ultimately, one only has to look at the last crop of young English talent that went to Arsenal and see where they are now to understand why a move to the Emirates Stadium would be a bad idea.
The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, and Theo Walcott, all of whom signed by the Gunners at a young age, have had to leave the club in the last 12 months in a bid to reignite their careers given things were going stale at the North London giants.
Add in struggles for Carl Jenkinson, who is currently on loan at Championship strugglers Birmingham City, as well as Jack Wilshere’s hugely uncertain future at the club, and Maddison must have reservations about the direction of his career were he to move to Arsenal.
Yet those doubts are unlikely to be had were he to move to Tottenham.
Pochettino’s side, albeit trophyless under the Argentine, are certainly heading in the right direction and appear set for a third successive top four finish, doing so with a bright crop of English talent in the side.
The likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Kane have all developed hugely under the former Southampton boss and are now regulars for both club and country, with all three at some stage in the last 12 months linked with big moves away from North London.
And their incredible development under Pochettino must be of interest to Maddison.
The 21-year-old has been sensational for Norwich this season and looks destined for great things, but his next career step is a vital one, and one he simply must get right if he is to hone in on his undoubted talent.
And it would appear that Spurs is the perfect destination for the attacker to do just that, which is why he must forget about Arsenal and instead opt for their bitter North London rivals.
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