Tottenham Hotspur cannot look too far forward with the Champions League final on the horizon, however, they must have a successful summer if they are to continue their upward trajectory.
If Spurs are to continue their challenge for silverware, Mauricio Pochettino is going to have to use the upcoming transfer window wisely and make a couple of additions that would complement the squad and help move his team forward.
However, one of his rumoured targets could be considered a rather risky acquisition and one that should leave the north London outfit with questions they need to answer before deciding whether to make a move for him.
According to AS Argentina, Tottenham are thought to be interested in signing Boca Juniors’ star Agustin Almendra.
For those that do not know who he is, the 19-year-old is a skilful midfielder that has recently established himself in his club’s first-team. He has also been recognised by his national team as he currently captains the Under-20 side.
To put things further into perspective, Almendra is a player who has piqued the interest of several of Europe’s biggest clubs, with the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Juventus, Valencia, Manchester City, Porto and Napoli all keen on him (AS).
So, with all that talent and promise, why would he be a risky acquisition for Tottenham to make this summer?
Well, he is not experienced enough to help Spurs in their pursuit of glory and is still an unproven talent in the game, making his alleged €27million (£23.7m) release clause seem rather expensive to activate at this moment in time (AS).
If they want to be able to reduce the gap in quality between them and the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, then it might be wise to look at a player who has been there and got the t-shirt to prove it.
There is no doubt that Almendra has the potential to thrive under Pochettino in the future and could benefit from the manager’s ability to develop youngsters, however, the Premier League side already have the likes of Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp in the middle of the park coming through nicely.
Adding the South American to the mix will hamper someone’s chances of making it at the club, regardless of how promising all three of them are.
The teenager also has a history of knee injuries to be concerned with already as well (Transfermarkt), and although they have not been too serious, it should leave Tottenham with some food for thought.
Almendra could turn out to be a quality signing, it is too hard to tell at this stage, however, he could be a huge risk and one that Spurs may regret taking if they look to bring him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
Tottenham fans, what are your thoughts regarding Almemdra? Do you think it would be a piece of risky business or one Spurs should look to do? Let us know your thoughts below!