Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side edge closer to Champions League qualification courtesy of a 2-0 win over Watford on Monday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their meeting with the Hornets having seen fifth place Chelsea pick up three points at Swansea City a few days earlier, thus moving to within two points of Spurs ahead of their clash with Javi Gracia’s side. Yet the North Londoners restored their five-point advantage as goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane sealed a routine success at Wembley, in turn keeping Tottenham in prime position to record a third successive top four finish.
As such, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hopeful that their team can get the job done in the final few weeks of the season to again bring Champions League football to the club.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their club are interested in a summer move for Swansea’s Alfie Mawson.
And while the 24-year-old is clearly a hugely adept centre back, Pochettino’s men should seriously think twice about meeting his seemingly excessive £40 million price-tag.
Ultimately, the Englishman has only burst onto the scene in the last 15 months or so at the Liberty Stadium, becoming a regular under first Paul Clement and now Carlos Carvalhal in their respective quests to keep the Swans in the Premier League.
And having started every single one of their 35 Premier League games this term, it’s clear that the centre back is highly rated at the South Wales outfit, with his consistently solid performances earning rave reviews from many in the Tavern.
However, £40 million for Mawson does seem a bit steep, especially given that he is not yet the finished article.
And with Spurs potentially saying goodbye to Toby Alderweireld this summer, they could ideally do with a more proven and experienced defender to replace the influential Belgium international.
Yes, there’s little doubt that Pochettino’s guidance would help make Mawson a better player, as he has done with several other young English players at the club, but if Spurs are serious about challenging for major honours in the coming years, as they should be, they should surely be replacing those leaving with players of better standard, especially if they are spending £40 million on them.
As such, while there is no doubting that the 24-year-old is a fine player, £40 million seems a bit excessive for someone not yet the finished article, and someone who, arguably, won’t actually improve the Spurs first team – he’s unlikely to get in at centre back ahead of Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, and maybe even Eric Dier.
Thus, the North Londoners seriously have to think twice about meeting his hefty price-tag this summer.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!