Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their side round off a relatively successful campaign with a 5-4 win over Leicester City on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men had a few days earlier secured a third successive top four finish in the Premier League courtesy of victory over Watford, but at 3-1 down at home to the Foxes on Sunday, it looked like their season was going to end in defeat. However, led by a brace from Erik Lamela, the North Londoners hit back at Wembley to secure all three points in their final league match at the national stadium ahead of their move into the new White Hart Lane next season.
Subsequently, there have been many happy Spurs fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are looking ahead to the summer transfer window, and thus to see what business their side may conduct to move to the next level next time round.
And one man who reportedly could be on his way to the club is Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore, although Pochettino’s men simply must forget about a big money move for the winger, and instead seek to break the bank to lure £22.5 million-rated attacking ace Wilfried Zaha (as per Transfermarkt) to the club.
Yes, Traore has performed well for the Championship side this season in helping them reach the play-offs, but he is simply too inconsistent to be relied upon at Premier League level.
And at a reported £30 million, Tottenham would surely want someone more proven and ultimately more consistent for their money, as well as someone who could actually go into their first team and improve it.
Traore probably wouldn’t do that, but Zaha arguably would.
The Ivory Coast international enjoyed another fabulous season for Crystal Palace in netting nine goals and laying on five assists for Roy Hodgson’s side, five goals and three assists coming in their final nine games to help pull them clear of the relegation zone.
This is all after playing an integral part in keeping the Eagles in the top-flight last season, in which he scored seven times and laid on 11 assists to inspire Sam Allardyce’s side to survival – whereas, like Traore is now, he was quite raw in years gone by, Zaha is now turning his incredible talent into goals and assists on a regular basis.
And that is exactly what Pochettino and Spurs should be looking at this summer.
In the big games this season, most notably against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final last month, they were crying out for someone with pace and trickery to try something different and get at the Red Devils backline – Zaha may well have done that.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old has proven himself to be one of the best players outside of the top six in the last few seasons, and would certainly add a great deal to the Tottenham forward ranks for the years to come.
So while Traore would likely be a useful addition to Pochettino’s squad, Zaha is a more finished article, and as such would add a great deal more to the team in the immediate future in their quest to go on and win major honours.
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