Tottenham kept the pressure on the league leaders with a 6-2 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park.
The dismissal of Jose Mourinho led to speculation that Mauricio Pochettino could replace the Portuguese at Manchester United which dominated the headlines yet again. However, Spurs were in no mood for dwelling on rumours and simply blew the Toffees away on Merseyside. Goals from Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen meant Tottenham were able to capitalise on Manchester City’s surprise defeat to Crystal Palace; they are now just two points behind the Citizens.
Spurs are well and truly in the title race – a feat made even greater considering they didn’t sign a single player during the summer transfer window. While their lack of spending is admirable, a few additions in the upcoming January window could give them the boost they need to close the gap at the top of the table.
A wonderful addition to the squad could be Monaco maestro – Rony Lopes. Valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt, the Portugal international made his name in the Benfica youth academy before being poached by Manchester City in 2012. Lopes climbed the youth ranks in Manchester and impressed during a loan spell with Lille but wasn’t given a shot in the first-team. Monaco signed him permanently for £10.8m in 2015 and Lopes has developed into a critical player.
The 22-year-old ended last season with an incredible 15 league goals as well as registering five assists for his team-mates. With Monaco languishing in the Ligue 1 relegation zone, Lopes could be tempted to move back to England. As Pochettino has a reputation for bringing the best out of young players, Tottenham would be the perfect home.
The Portuguese is an excellent dribbler and can carve open defences with his expert vision – his eye for goal would also lessen the goalscoring burden on the shoulders of Harry Kane. His arrival could be the boost Spurs need to end their trophy drought.
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