Tottenham fans are currently suffering through one of the longest transfer droughts that their club has ever been through, with no new signings in summer meaning they’ve gone almost a whole year without making a purchase. However, one new face that could break that is Thorgan Hazard, who’s been linked with a move by Sportbild, via OneFootball.
Whilst the Lilywhites are the outsiders for it, they find themselves in what looks like a three-way race for the Premier League title with Manchester City and Liverpool, and if they could bring in Hazard it would be a welcome boost to their chances. However, a move for the Belgian could force Erik Lamela out of North London, and in this battle, we’ll be comparing the two versatile wide-men.
Thorgan Hazard’s record speaks for itself this season. The Belgian may be living in the shadow of his brother Eden, but his record is enough to match his older siblings this season, as he’s got a sublime tally of nine goals and six assists in 17 games for Borussia Monchengladbach, despite the fact he’s usually deployed on either the right or the left of the German club’s attack.
On that point of playing on the left or the right, the Belgian is extremely versatile. The Bundesliga star has the ability to play anywhere behind the front-man and can even do a job as a supporting striker, sitting a little bit deeper than the conventional striker, dictating play and making dangerous runs, and that will be exactly what Mauricio Pochettino loves about the 25-year-old as he weighs up a bid for the middle Hazard brother.
TT GRADE: A
Lamela has provided the Lilywhites with some fine moments in his Tottenham career. Whilst he started slowly at Tottenham, the Argentine has managed to get the fans off their seats on many occasions, from his incredible rabona goal in the Europa League to his famous goal in a 3-0 win against Manchester United that inspired some iconic Martin Tyler commentary, the Argentine is apart of Pochettino’s Spurs DNA.
However, the wide man is extremely injury prone and has missed well over two years of football with back and hip problems since he joined the club from Roma back in summer 2013. At the age of just 26, Lamela still has plenty to offer at the club, however, his inconsistent game time could force Pochettino’s hand to look to the market and bring in someone who will be available for selection more often.
TT GRADE: B
Whilst Lamela has certainly proven to be a key man in Pochettino’s plans at Tottenham, the Argentine gaffer can’t afford to be sentimental in his pursuit for success, and if the opportunity arises to bring in Hazard, he simply has to take it. On paper, the pair are very similar, but the added goals and assists that Hazard brings means he edges this one ahead of Tottenham’s Lamela.
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