Tottenham lost ground on Liverpool and Manchester City at the weekend after Wolves completed a brilliant comeback at Wembley, though did get back on track against Cardiff.
Spurs got off to the best possible start when Harry Kane lashed a vicious effort into the top corner leaving Rui Patricio stranded in the Wolves net. However, Wolves looked far the better team after the interval and deservedly equalised when Willy Boly headed home from a corner. Only minutes later, they were ahead when Raul Jimenez slid the ball past Hugo Lloris before Helder Costa made it three in the closing minutes.
The result means Liverpool are now nine points clear of the Lilywhites at the top of the Premier League, dealing a huge blow to Mauricio Pochettino’s title hopes. Tottenham lacked energy in the second half and were ran ragged by Nuno Espirito Santo’s men. The result should make the former Southampton boss realise that opening his chequebook now the January transfer window is open may not be a bad idea.
One man he could target is Zenit St Petersburg dynamo – Leandro Paredes. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Argentine moved to Russia last summer, completing a £20m move from Roma. Paredes was an instant hit in St. Petersburg, becoming an integral part of the team and earning a regular spot in the Argentina national team.
Yet again, Paredes has been in top form for his side during the current campaign. The defensive midfielder loves to dictate the tempo of the game and has managed to score three goals and register two assists for his team-mates in the league. The 22-year-old loves to get stuck in and reads the game well, meaning he would offer another layer of protection the Spurs back four. His long range of passing and expert vision makes him the perfect player for Pochettino’s 4-2-3-1 system in North London.
Paredes is still developing and improving – under Pochettino’s tutelage – he could become world-class.
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