Riyad Mahrez’s goal ensured Manchester City continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season at the expense of Tottenham.
The Algerian netted the only goal of the game on a Wembley pitch that had taken a beating following an NFL fixture. Spurs were unable to create many openings against the reigning champions who defended their slender lead to move back to the top of the table. The signing of Mahrez could be a valuable lesson for Tottenham in the January transfer window.
Pochettino decided not to spend a penny during the summer transfer window but should definitely look to open his chequebook in the New Year. With Liverpool and Chelsea both significantly strengthening their squads, Tottenham are in danger of being left behind. Despite having plenty of wingers at his disposal, Pep Guardiola made Mahrez his only significant signing and the Algeria international has flourished with the Citizens. Therefore, Spurs should make a move for former transfer target – Malcom.
Valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt, the Brazilian winger was targeted by Tottenham after a sensational season with Bordeaux in Ligue 1. However, it was Barcelona who won the race for his signature, beating Roma at the last minute to bring him to the Nou Camp. His move has not gone to plan with Malcom playing just 25 minutes in La Liga this season and reports suggest he could angle for a switch in the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old is a perfect fit for the Premier League, combing speed and trickery which makes him a nightmare for defenders to deal with. He netted eight goals in the league last season, and his arrival would help lessen the creative burden on Christian Eriksen as Malcom picked up 12 assists last year. Still young and developing, he will only get better under Pochettino’s guidance.
Tottenham can right the wrongs of the summer with a bold move in January. It seems to have worked with Lucas Moura, after all.
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