Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with the North Londoners seeking to build upon their fine third place finish last term.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men deserve enormous credit for securing a third successive top four finish in English football’s top-flight, having finished third in 2016, second in 2017, and of course third last time round. However, Spurs eventually ended up a hefty 23 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to suggest that a lot of work is needed to turn the club into title contenders, although some big and audacious moves this summer could see that happen.
As such, there are many excited Tottenham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports suggesting that Chelsea aren’t willing to sell Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer, but may well loan him out once again after his fine spell at Crystal Palace last time round.
And while the Blues are unlikely to want to help out a direct rival, Pochettino’s Tottenham should make an audacious move for the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), as doing so would certainly give Dele Alli something to think about.
Ultimately, 22-year-old Loftus-Cheek definitely produced the goods for Roy Hodgson’s Palace last term, and while his tally of two goals and five assists for the Eagles are hardly ground-breaking numbers, a lot of what good they produced in the final third of the pitch came through the England international.
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And that form certainly caught the eye of England manager Gareth Southgate, who selected him in his 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, and has since played him at some stage in both group stage matches to underline his importance to the Three Lions squad in their campaign.
In fact, there are even some in the Tavern that feel the Chelsea man should remain in the side ahead of Spurs’ Alli for the upcoming match against Belgium, what with Loftus-Cheek performing well in the 6-1 thrashing of Panama on Sunday, and indeed making a difference off the bench against Tunisia last week.
And that alone is indicative of why Pochettino must seek to make a move for the 22-year-old, as it’s clear that he would give Alli plenty to think about to retain his position in the attacking midfield role – it’s arguable that, if Loftus-Cheek was at Spurs last term, Alli would have struggled to keep his place during his challenging spell of the autumn and winter.
Yes, there is no doubting that the 22-year-old improved as the campaign went on, but with Spurs lacking vast amounts of options in the attacking third of the pitch, Pochettino must be looking at putting the pressure on his starting eleven this term, in a bid to build the squad and get the best out of a side he hopes can challenge for major honours.
And making a move for Loftus-Cheek, who arguably has the upper-hand over Alli at present with England, could be exactly what is needed to enhance the competition in those attacking ranks, and thus give Alli something to think about heading into the new season.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!