Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side round-off an ultimately successful Premier League campaign with a thrilling 5-4 win over Leicester City on the final day.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with the Foxes last weekend having sealed their place in the top four a few days earlier with victory over Watford, yet they looked set to finish the campaign with defeat when they trailed Claude Puel’s side 3-1 just a few minutes into the second half. However, the North Londoners produced a fine comeback to record victory in their final game at Wembley ahead of the proposed move to their new stadium next season.
Thus, there have been many delighted Spurs fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are looking ahead to the summer and what business their side may seek to conduct, and as such are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking them with Xherdan Shaqiri.
And while the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) would likely be a useful addition at Tottenham, it’s unlikely to be the sort of signing that will convince manager Pochettino to remain at the club.
Since seeing his team bow out of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United last month, the Argentine has occasionally thrown his future at the club into doubt with some comments in press conferences, the latest of which seeing him seek the financial backing to build a side capable of winning major honours.
And while Shaqiri enjoyed his best season to date at Stoke in netting eight goals and laying on seven assists for the Potters, and is able to conjure something up out of very little, he simply isn’t the sort of acquisition that is going to help take Spurs to the next level.
Ultimately, it’s difficult to see how the Switzerland international would get into Pochettino’s first team at present, with the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min seemingly first-choice in the attacking ranks, with Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura just behind.
Thus, while Shaqiri does have genuine ability from dead ball situations, as well as an incredible eye for a pass, he isn’t going to get ahead of the aforementioned stars in the Spurs pecking order – he’ll no doubt strengthen the squad, but he’s not going to improve the first team.
And with Pochettino seemingly desiring signings that will boost his starting eleven, moving for Shaqiri simply doesn’t tick that box, which could plunge the Argentine’s future into even greater doubt.
And with the likes of Real Madrid and even Chelsea circling, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy faces a massive summer in trying not only to convince top players to remain at the club, but also his manager.
And moving for Shaqiri, albeit a fine player and one capable of brilliance, isn’t going to aid in his cause in trying to convince Pochettino to remain at the North London club.
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