According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Montpellier maestro Younes Belhanda, after his club confirmed he is for sale and there has been a bid from Turkish side Fenerbahce reportedly in the region of £12 million.
There is no doubt the Moroccan international is a special talent and he fits the mould of the type of player Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas prefers to acquire. However, I wonder whether there is a genuine requirement for him at White Hart Lane.
Following the departure of Luka Modric to Real Madrid in the summer, Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey were brought in – the Belgian is a technically gifted attacking midfielder, combining strength and physical prowess with exceptional skill and passing.
Dempsey operates best in between the lines of the midfield and the forward(s) and both players possess the engine required to dominate in the attacking third.
Lewis Holtby will be joining the Spurs pair in the summer, if not before hand, and he is a very similar player to Belhanda. He’s an exceptional passer of the ball with vision and an excellent first-touch. He can get in the box and score goals or find that final ball to make the assist for the striker in front of him.
His acquisition, in my mind, was an ideal and comprehensive replacement for the departed Croatian. He’s the same age as Belhanda and boasts a number of the same attributes as the Moroccan. They both hold the number 10 shirt and they both wear it well for their current clubs.
Spurs already have within their ranks some fantastic midfield talent – the likes of Scott Parker, Sandro, Tom Huddlestone, Gylfi Sigurdsson and the young Jake Livermore.
Surely bringing in Belhanda would stunt the growth of the youngsters looking to break through the ranks and develop and, synonymously, disrupt the chemistry and understanding that is slowly developing amongst the new arrivals and the old guard.
I can’t see a reason for Villas-Boas to go after this signing – I don’t doubt that he’d be worth every penny of his transfer fee but I can’t see a desperate need for any more players coming in to that area of the pitch. I think they’ve got that covered and Younes Belhanda is not a player who will want to sit on the bench.
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