Tottenham have a big summer ahead of them, full of potential and plenty of exciting signings as the club either looks to prepare for the Champions League or ante up to make sure they’re a top four side next season.
Kevin Prince Boateng seems set on a move away from AC Milan where, despite the positives, he’s been made to endure a lot of negativity such as racist abuse that saw him walk off the pitch during one friendly match.
He could certainly do a job in the Spurs midfield but the club should resist signing a player they don’t fundamentally need for the good of a youngster they already own.
Tom Carroll is a highly rated midfield man, similar in appearance to Luka Modric, who seems incredibly popular with Spurs supporters despite not having played a great deal for the first team.
He’s popular because he embodies the pure ideology of football in the respect that he just likes to get on the ball, spray around passes and look for that killer ball which can split open the opposition.
If Tottenham go and get KPB back on a deal from AC Milan, Carroll will simply find himself down the pecking order and behind another high profile star at the club, left wondering if his time is ever going to come.
While Tottenham have plenty of players who can play in a similar attacking position to KPB, it seems pointless for Andre Villas-Boas to add another body in that area when he doesn’t need to.
Carroll is not the sort of midfielder who is going to burst forward in Jack Wilshere style, breaking through the opposition using his core skills of strength and power, he is a much more subtle midfielder than that.
He is best when he’s given the time and protection to stamp his influence on a game through possession, distribution and controlling the tempo of Tottenham’s midfield.
We’re at a stage in the season where AVB is never going to play Carroll because of the magnitude of the club trying to get into the top four, but that cannot detract from the obvious potential he has.
If Spurs sign KPB, or any other midfielder for that matter, this summer it will only cause Carroll to doubt his future at White Hart Lane and there will be plenty of clubs interested in picking him up.
That could well turn out to be something which comes back to haunt the current side because Carroll has the ability to control plenty of midfield as he matures into his early twenties and beyond.
Would a KPB return be the end of Carroll’s Tottenham career?
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