The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a few new faces to join the club in January. It’s been a mixed campaign for them so far, and so an extra bit of depth should provide Mauricio Pochettino with what he needs to improve his side’s consistency. Our resident Lilywhites have been discussing players that they would like to see join the club, and one surprising name that has been plucked out by them is Liverpool midfielder James Milner.
Our landlord has been thinking long and hard about the prospect of that, and whilst it remains very unlikely, he actually thinks that it could be the perfect move for not just Tottenham, but Milner too.
On a basic level, Spurs could really use a player like Milner. He’s got years of experience behind him in the Premier League, and with Pochettino often buying from outside the English top flight, that’s important for any new arrivals. He’s also won a handful of trophies throughout his career, and as Tottenham look to start competing more in that regard, that experience will be key. He would also serve as a crucial bit of depth for Spurs, who are lacking midfield options at present. He’d likely earn regular game time in the midfield, particularly given how often Eric Dier is required to play in defence, which would be important for Spurs, of course, but he’d also likely see more action than he is at Anfield at present.
That’s not the only area in which the benefits would lie for Milner, though. Tottenham are a side on the up, and whilst Liverpool are gaining momentum, Spurs are undoubtedly one step ahead of them in that regard. They’re on course for trophies, both in Europe and domestically, and Milner would likely love to be a part of that. Liverpool don’t look close to returning to their pomp quite yet, and so it might be a long wait for them.
In addition to that, though, the prospect of using his experience to help what is an ever-growing list of young players could be an invaluable life experience for Milner. Top talents like Harry Winks, Dele Alli and even Harry Kane could continue to learn a lot from the English legend, and that’s an oppurtunity that would be huge for both the club and all of the players involved.
Liverpool wouldn’t want to let go of him, but for Tottenham and Milner, a move does have some merit – agreed?