Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side book their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory over fellow Premier League side Swansea City on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men got past AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, and Rochdale to reach the last eight of the world’s oldest club competition, although they were made to work hard by the latter two EFL teams, both of whom forced replays against the North London club. Yet the result was never really in doubt in South Wales on Saturday as a Christian Eriksen brace alongside Erik Lamela’s second of the season sealed an easy win over the Swans, thus earning Pochettino’s side a semi-final clash against Manchester United next month.
As such, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their side can end a decade-long wait for a trophy by going on to lift the FA Cup at Wembley in May.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking them with a £40 million summer move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
Undoubtedly, the 25-year-old would be an excellent addition to Pochettino’s squad, but landing the Ivory Coast international could well bring Lamela’s time in North London to an end.
The 26-year-old only returned to first team action back in November after over a year out with a hip problem, and while he did manage to bag in their 3-0 success at Swansea over the weekend, he has yet to reclaim his position in Pochettino’s first team.
Yes, the Argentine is likely letting the winger build his fitness back up after such a long time out with injury, but the form of Son Heung-min while Lamela was out injured makes it very difficult for the Spurs boss to drop the South Korean.
Son bagged 21 goals for the North London outfit last season and has backed that up with 18 goals in just 44 appearances this time round, with the 25-year-old slowly but surely becoming a key player in Pochettino’s team.
And with Eriksen and Dele Alli continuing to perform well behind striker Harry Kane, alongside the arrival of Lucas Moura in January, it’s very difficult for Lamela to get back into the starting eleven, and it would only get harder were Zaha to make the move to North London in the summer – Spurs wouldn’t be spending £40 million for a player to sit on the bench.
Yes, Tottenham are likely to be in European football again next season and as such the squad will need to be deep, but it’s unlikely were Zaha to make the move to the club that Lamela would command regular first team football – the likes of Son, Alli, Eriksen, Lucas, and new recruit Zaha would be ahead of him in the pecking order.
And with reported interest from Inter Milan in recent times, the Argentina international may feel that it’d be better for his development if he moved on – after all, he is 26 years of age and should be entering his peak years.
So while there’s little doubting that Zaha’s arrival would significantly strengthen Tottenham’s attacking ranks, it could also end £22.5 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) Lamela’s time at the North London club.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!