Spurs’ return to Premier League action following the international break did not go to plan.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men faced in-form Liverpool at Wembley, and their lack of pre-season preparations were evident. The Reds dominated proceedings for the majority of the game and took a deserved lead through Georginio Wijnaldum. Roberto Firmino doubled their advantage to render Erik Lamela’s late goal useless.
Back-to-back defeats in the Premier League will do nothing to ease fears that Spurs should have added to their roster during the summer transfer window. While their rivals strengthened, Pochettino didn’t make a single signing and the majority of his starting XI featured in the World Cup up to the semi-final stage. The Argentine needs to spend when the window reopens in January.
One man he should definitely target is Bayern Munich playmaker – Thiago Alcantara. Valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, the Spain international has established himself as one of the best creative midfielders since swapping Barcelona for Munich back in 2013. Thiago played every minute of football under new boss Niko Kovac for the Bavarians this season.
Naturally, the 27-year-old’s biggest strength is his passing. Thiago rarely misplaces a pass, completing 90% of his passes in the Bundesliga last season. The playmaker can unlock a defence with his abilities, averaging 1.5 key passes per game last year. The ex-Barcelona star also loves the ball at his feet, averaging 1.3 successful dribbles for the league champions (WhoScored).
Thiago is an elite superstar who can take truly take the Lilywhites to the next level.
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