Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side take a step closer to a top four finish in the Premier League courtesy of a 3-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash at Stamford Bridge just five points clear of the defending champions in the division, but having won each of their previous four league matches. But things didn’t look good for Spurs when Alvaro Morata gave Antonio Conte’s side the lead, only for a brace from Dele Alli alongside a stunning Christian Eriksen strike to secure all three points for the North London outfit, thus moving them eight points clear of the Blues with just seven games of the campaign remaining.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their side’s fine win on Sunday may have secured them another season in the Champions League, which would be their third in succession.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Spurs supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking them with Dutch defensive sensation Matthijs de Ligt.
But with Arsenal and Barcelona reportedly keen on the 18-year-old as well, it won’t be easy for Spurs to land the £22.5 million-rated youngster (as per Transfermarkt), yet it seems pretty clear that Pochettino’s Tottenham would be the perfect destination for the Netherlands international.
Ultimately, Pochettino has a proven track record of developing young players and turning them into regular first teamers, with the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Kane all given opportunities by the Spurs boss, and very much going on to deliver.
Alli is arguably one of the best young players in European football at present, Dier has become a hugely influential player for both club and country, while Kane is without doubt one of the most lethal strikers in the game. And Pochettino has had a big hand in their development.
Add in nurturing Luke Shaw at Southampton, and the Argentine isn’t afraid of giving youngsters a chance in the first team, with the aforementioned Tottenham trio now a key part of his starting eleven, and very much carrying the hopes of both club and country for the next few years.
Also, de Ligt only needs to look at former teammate Davinson Sanchez’s excellent start to life in North London to further convince him of a move to Spurs.
21-year-old Sanchez has delivered the odd unconvincing performance, but on the whole he has impressed in the heart of the Tottenham backline, to the point that he is currently keeping Toby Alderweireld, arguably the best Premier League defender of the last few years, out of the side.
And with the Belgium international likely to leave the club over the summer, first team opportunities are very much likely to be available for the 18-year-old, especially with Spurs needing the full squad to deal with European commitments again next term.
Thus, it’s clear that Pochettino’s influence, Sanchez’s fine start to life at Tottenham, and indeed Alderweireld’s likely departure combine to provide the perfect destination for the 18-year-old sensation this summer.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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