The Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side all but secured their place in the Champions League next season with a 2-1 victory at Stoke City.
After recording a season-defining victory over Chelsea the week before, the onus was on Spurs to further cement their place in the top-four by seeing off the challenge of a relegation-threatened Stoke City side, and after a tough 90 minutes they managed to do just that. Chelsea’s result against West Ham the following day has effectively ensured that Mauricio Pochettino’s side will not be caught this season, so their revised objective should be to catch Manchester United in 2nd place.
United currently sit 4-points ahead of Tottenham with 6 fixtures left to play following their historic victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend. United’s performance was a timely reminder that they have the quality to compete with the best in the world despite their criticism so far this season.
Jose Mourinho once again decided to leave Marcus Rashford on the bench for the Manchester derby, and his omission from the starting eleven has provoked speculation regarding his future to emerge in the British media. According to The Daily Mirror, Rashford has become disillusioned with his lack of first-team opportunities under Mourinho this season, and his failure to break into the first-team could result in his departure this summer.
If that proves to be the case, then Tottenham should be at the front of the queue to secure his signature, as he possesses the potential to become one of the top-goalscorers in the Premier League for years to come. At just 20-years-of-age, Rashford has demonstrated the ability to bamboozle defenders with his dazzling style of dribbling, but producing his finest form on a consistent basis has eluded him thus far this season.
His lack of opportunity certainly hasn’t aided his cause, nor has Mourinho’s decision to deploy him on the right-winger on a handful of occasions. However, his development would be aided by working alongisde Pochettino – a manager who has a proven track record of successfully enabling young talent to exceed expectation in the top-flight.
Rashford’s arrival would also prove to Harry Kane that the club have genuine ambitions of competing for silverware in the long-term future and also hand Pochettino a perfect back-up option for Kane in the event of injury or suspension. There’s no doubt that Rashford (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) is one of the most exciting prospects in English football, so Spurs should do everything they can to secure a deal for his services this summer.
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