The Tottenham fans in the Tranfer Tavern are delighted with the performance of their central midfielders this season despite injury to key players.
Tottenham’s midfield generals Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele have spent a large portion of the season so far on the sidelines nursing injuries. In their absence, the likes of Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier have undertaken responsibility in the centre of midfield and proven to Pochettino that his side can dismantle the current Champions League holders without them.
Perhaps to the surprise of some, Tottenham have hardly missed Pochettino’s first-choice central midfield pairing and the stand-in players have proven in recent weeks that the quality within the club goes well beyond the first XI.
But Pochettino is reportedly in the market seeking to add more depth to his current squad, as The Mirror reports he remains interested in bringing Ross Barkley to the club.
A move for Barkley may be a little premature at this stage in his career, if he was to make the switch, he would have plenty of inspiring players around him that would help him to evolve into an all-round midfield player. The two players Barkley would most benefit from playing alongside are Tottenham’s aforementioned injury-hit midfielders, namely Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele.
At Everton, Barkley has proven in patches that he has tremendous ability in the final-third of the pitch whilst playing in his favoured role as a central-attacking-midfielder. However, if Barkley wants to reach his full potential in his footballing career, he needs to begin emulating the qualities of players sitting in deeper midfield roles.
Dembele is one of the most composed central midfielders in the Premier League – when he is given the ball, he trusts himself in possession and uses his physical prowess to protect the ball from the opposition, moving forward all the while.
On the other hand, Wanyama is a slightly more defensive-minded player who prefers to sit deep and break up play, before striding forward with the ball at his feet.
Although both Dembele and Wanyama play deeper than Barkley, the qualities they possess are certainly transferable to a more forward-thinking player.
If Barkely makes the switch to Tottenham, he would be wise to use Dembele and Wanyama as inspiration to develop a wider-range of midfield skills. Not only would this improve his ability to influence the game in the final-third, but also, it would increase his versatility and enable him to operate in a wider-range of roles and tactical systems.