Tottenham boss, Andre Villas-Boas, has been a long term fan of Willian, a player who he looked into signing whilst with former club Chelsea. Now as Tottenham boss the 34 year old is looking to rekindle his interest in the Brazilian midfielder, with reports suggesting that the Shakhtar Donetsk player has become his top priority.
The 24 year old would join the London club as a replacement for Luka Modric, who has been the subject of an accepted bid from Real Madrid.
But why should AVB go all out for an unproven talent?
Villas-Boas has been very successful in the transfer windows whilst at Porto and Chelsea. Bringing in the likes of Moutinho to Porto and Juan Mata, Gary Cahill and Raul Meireles to Chelsea, AVB is very successful at spotting talent and fitting them into his plans and formations. As well as this, Villas-Boas has shown his intent of purchasing younger talents, as demonstrated by the signings of Jan Vertonghen from Ajax and Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim. This is contrasted to the January signings of Tottenham, where Lois Saha and Ryan Nelsen were brought in for free.
With Luka Modric’s absence being noticeable in Tottenham’s Premier League campaign so far, their need for a playmaker has been demonstrated in a desperate manner. The London club look lost without their flair and free-flowing attacking football, characteristics which Willian could bring to the club. The Brazilian international scored 5 times in 27 appearances for the Ukrainian club last season, and his through balls and build up play has helped his side win the UEFA Cup, the Ukrainian Premier League three times, the Ukrainian Cup twice and the Ukrainian Super Cup on two occasions as well.
- European History
Villas-Boas won the UEFA Cup in 2011 whilst at Porto, and he should continue this form in the Europa League whilst with the London club. With a European cup winning manager combining with an experienced squad of players who have played in the European tournaments, such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Jan Vertonghen and Rafael Van der Vaart; the addition of Willian would further boost the chances of Tottenham’s opportunity in the UEFA Cup.
But, with Tottenham fans expecting a few new faces to come in before the Friday deadline day, it looks set for a busy week in North London.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!