Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, what with their team seeking to improve upon their third place finish last time round.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men deserve huge credit for sealing a third successive top four finish in the English top-flight, in turn becoming one of the best teams in the country. However, the North Londoners finished a staggering 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City last term to suggest that the title remains quite a way away, although some big signings over the summer could see Spurs bridge that gap this season.
And one man who could be on his way to Tottenham is Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish, although recent reports suggest that Liverpool have joined the chase for the 22-year-old.
And that report also states that Grealish is Spurs’ ‘number one transfer target’ for this summer, yet the club should forget about him as their main target, as it should be £27 million-rated ace Wilfried Zaha (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, Grealish enjoyed a fine season in the Championship with the Villans in netting three goals and laying on six assists for Steve Bruce’s side, helping them to the play-off final although he was unable to inspire them to victory over Fulham at Wembley.
And while the Englishman would likely be a useful addition to Pochettino’s squad, he shouldn’t be their number one target as his arrival would not immediately strengthen the first team – it may do in the future, but probably wouldn’t this season.
And if Spurs are serious about challenging for major honours this term, their first team needs strengthening, which is why Crystal Palace’s Zaha should be their number one target for the summer.
The 25-year-old has easily been one of the best players outside of the Premier League’s top six in recent seasons, not least last term in netting nine goals and laying on five assists to help inspire Roy Hodgson’s side to safety.
And with seven goals and 11 assists in the 2016/17 season to help Sam Allardyce’s Eagles avoid the drop, the Ivory Coast international has clearly developed a consistency in his game that hasn’t always been evident in his career so far – his arrival would certainly benefit Pochettino’s side.
The North London outfit were at times crying out for something slightly different in some of the big games last season, and Zaha’s pace, trickery, and overall willingness to take defenders on and cause them problems would no doubt have helped Pochettino’s men.
And while Grealish may also provide something similar, Zaha has proven his worth at Premier League level in the last few years or so to suggest that he could go straight into the Spurs eleven and make them better. He’d obviously cost a lot of money, but it may be the sort of money Tottenham need to spend to challenge the country’s and indeed Europe’s elite clubs.
As such, the Ivorian should be Spurs’ number one transfer target this summer, not Villa’s Grealish.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!