Tottenham supporters have been very despondent in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their side lose in the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the second successive season courtesy of a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with the North West giants off the back of a 1-1 draw with Brighton in the Premier League on Tuesday night, a result which just about keeps fifth place Chelsea in the running for a top four spot. And Spurs are now three games without a victory in all competitions despite taking the lead at Wembley through Dele Alli, with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera sealing a deserved win for Jose Mourinho’s side, thus booking their place in the showpiece event next month.
As such, there have been many downbeat and very disappointed Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are frustrated that their team will go another season without winning a trophy, with their drought dating back to February 2008.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Porto defender Ricardo Pereira.
Yet with Arsenal and Everton also thought to be keen on the 24-year-old, it’s not going to be easy for Tottenham to get their man, although the £11.7 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) should indeed opt for Pochettino’s side over other possible suitors this summer.
Ultimately, Hector Bellerin has nailed down the right back spot at the Emirates Stadium and has done so for a while now, and at the tender age of 23, he’s likely to command that place for many years to come.
Similarly, Seamus Coleman has been Everton’s number one choice right back for several years now and continues to prove his credentials to the Merseyside outfit, to the point that he has seamlessly slotted back into Sam Allardyce’s team following his horrific leg break back in March 2017, which then kept him out for ten months.
Yet things aren’t quite as clear at Tottenham, what with manager Pochettino switching between Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier over the course of the campaign, with the former playing more in the Premier League and the latter in the Champions League.
However, with question marks surrounding Trippier’s capabilities on the big stage, and doubts arising over Aurier’s overall abilities after an unconvincing start to life in North London, there’s no reason why Pereira couldn’t go to Spurs and become the number one right back.
And with his versatility in being able to play as a wing back and indeed a right winger, he’d fit into the attacking mould that Pochettino appears to want in his full backs, and with six assists for the Portuguese giants this term, he is able to combine defensive solidarity with an attacking edge.
And at the age of 24, Pereira may see the Argentine as the perfect manager from which to develop, what with the former Southampton boss proving his credentials in developing young talent, both at Spurs and indeed at St Mary’s.
Thus, with Arsenal and Everton looking like risky moves in terms of potential playing time, the 24-year-old would be better served opting for Tottenham this summer over other possible suitors.
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