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No better than Lamela: Tottenham should opt against pursuing move for £7.2m-rated star

Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team secure a third successive top three finish in the Premier League courtesy of a thrilling 5-4 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men had already sealed their place in the Champions League after beating Watford in midweek, but went into their final match of the campaign last weekend knowing victory would clinch third place. Yet it didn’t look good for Spurs when they fell 3-1 behind to Claude Puel’s side, only for Erik Lamela to inspire a second half comeback to secure all three points for the North Londoners, thus clinching a third straight top three finish.

Subsequently, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are already looking ahead to the summer and thus what business their team may seek to complete.

And one man who could be on his way to the club is Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, who has reportedly been linked with a big money move to Spurs following Boro’s Championship play-off heartache earlier this week.

Yet given the current options at Pochettino’s disposal, alongside Traore’s clear inconsistency on the pitch, they must opt against firming up their interest in the £7.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.

Yes, the 22-year-old deserves credit for embarking on an impressive season in the North East this time round, having scored five goals and laid on 12 assists for Tony Pulis’ side to help them to fifth place in the second tier table.

And having shown some promise for the Teessiders in the Premier League last term, he’s clearly got the ability to thrive in English football’s top-flight, but at the moment he is simply too raw and inconsistent to be relied upon for a Tottenham side eyeing the next level in the coming years.

Ultimately, while the North Londoners deserve commending for another top four finish, another season has passed without a trophy, this all despite reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and coming through a Champions League group including Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

As such, Pochettino will not only be seeking to improve the Spurs squad this summer, but also the first team as well in a bid to get over the line and finally lift some silverware – Traore’s arrival simply wouldn’t do that.

The likes of Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura, and Son Heung-min would almost certainly be ahead of the Spain Under-21 international in the pecking order, and while Traore would also be a nod to the future as well, they’ll surely be looking to spend the reported £30 million on someone more proven and with the ability to strengthen the first team – ultimately, he is no better than Lamela, who is arguably the weakest of the aforementioned quartet.

And Traore’s inability to inspire Boro during their play-off campaign against Aston Villa, in which they lost 1-0, further highlighted the limitations the 22-year-old has – the same limitations that saw him threaten but ultimately fail to net for the North East side in the top-flight last term.

Thus, while Traore would no doubt be an exciting addition at the North London club, he’s simply not the answer to their trophy-chasing concerns, which is why they would be better served opting against a move for the Spaniard this summer.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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