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Transfer Scenario: If Tottenham Hotspur sign Mathias Normann

This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.

It seems almost impossible to get away from the tumultuous saga that is currently happening at Tottenham Hotspur, with the side appearing fall apart on and off the pitch.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side looks a shadow of themselves just a few months ago and there have already been doubts about whether the South American will be at the club in the foreseeable future.

However, it would seem player recruitment might be at the top of the order for some at Spurs as a recent report has linked them with a move for Mathias Normann.

According to Goal, Tottenham are interested in signing the Rostov midfielder as the 23-year-old continues to make a name for himself. As noted by the report, the midfielder has recently been capped by Norway and was crowned the Player of the Month for September in the Russian Premier League.

Indeed, Manchester United are also thought to be interested in signing Normann as well, which could leave Spurs with a £15-20m battle on their hands.

Of course, should Pochettino and Tottenham look to sign the Scandanavian, there will be some potential consequences that the north London outfit will need to consider, both of the good and bad variety. Here are just a couple that they will need to think about…

All Round Midfielder

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino

Normann has been in excellent form for Rostov in the middle of the park this season, however what has been particularly impressing is his ability to play in any position whilst in the centre of the pitch.

The 23-year-old is mainly utilised as a defensive midfielder, with WhoScored noting that he has played nine of his 11 matches in that area of the field. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise to see that he can put in a shift when doing the defensive work that can be required. In the 990 minutes he has featured in so far, the Norwegian has managed to achieve an average of 1.5 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game, although he does commit 1.7 fouls every match (per WhoScored).

Indeed, his overall game is also something that is rather pleasing on the eye as he appears to be as good going forward as he is deeper on the pitch. Figures of three assists, 0.9 key passes per game and 2.3 shots per 90 minutes should help to highlight his ability going higher up the field.

Congested centre-midfield

Pochettino could have a huge headache on his hands if he were to bring Normann to the club, provided he is still the manager in charge.

Whilst competition for places can be a good thing and help others to step up and return to the levels of before, too much competition could become a negative as it means members of a potentially unhappy squad become even more frustrated.

Considering the Scandanavian is extremely versatile, he will provide the Argentine with a number of different options, but it will mean a place in the side could be difficult for anyone like Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli (per Transfermarkt) moving forward.

It will be a fine juggling routine if Pochettino were able to pull it off, but that would certainly appear to be a trick too far for this miracle maker.

Tottenham fans, should the club look to sign Normann? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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