This really is shaping up to be a busy summer in N17. After not signing a single player for two windows and enduring a campaign consisting of 58 games, having reached the Champions League final, it was clear fatigue was setting in, as Mauricio Pochettino eluded to when talking to Sky Sports back in April.
With that being said, more may need to be done, considering Clarke has returned to Leeds United on loan.
Over Christmas, Pochettino was stuck with just Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko as his midfield options owing to injuries to Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier. Then in the January window, the club sold Dembele to Guangzhou R&F, further limiting their midfield options.
Indeed, Eni Aluko highlighted Spurs’ engine room as a weakness ahead of the Champions League final loss to Liverpool in the Guardian, while Jamie Redknapp urged his former employers to recruit in the middle of the park following the loss away to Bournemouth when speaking on Sky via HITC.
Furthermore, Christian Eriksen has obviously been linked away and, if the Dane does make his North London bow, then Mundo Deportivo reports that the club will place another bid for Real Betis’ star Giovani Lo Celso.
From the report, it seems that the only way Tottenham will move for Lo Celso is if they lose Eriksen. Well, with the deal for Eriksen supposedly likely to cost Los Blancos around €70m (roughly £62m), around half of the originally stated €150m (roughly £134m) that Daniel Levy initially reportedly demanded, perhaps a space could open up for the former PSG man.
So, with Eriksen potentially on his way out, Lo Celso looks like he could make a fine replacement for the Dane.
According to WhoScored’s player comparison tool, as well as being four years younger than the Spurs ace, the Argentine outscored Eriksen as well as completing more dribbles and tackles per 90 minutes and registering a higher pass success rate.
The report in question does claim his characteristics are somewhat similar to Eriksen’s and South American football expert Tim Vickery told Sky Sports News (via Football.London) that he ‘would bring some of the things that Christian Eriksen brings, with perhaps a little bit more dynamism.’
Obviously, BBC Sport claimed back in May that they had submitted a £53m offer for the 23-year-old but, going off the statistics as well as Vickery’s verdict, it does appear an increased offer makes sense if Spurs do have to replace Eriksen.
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