There’s been a bit of a trend when it comes to Tottenham Hotspur midfielders over the last few seasons and it doesn’t have to change.
The small statured, dynamic and wonderful football which was created by Luka Modric and is currently created by Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson got Spurs close to the Champions League so where’s the point in Andre Villas-Boas dropping that method?
One player who seems cut from the same piece of cloth as those three players is 22-year-old Patrick Herrmann currently playing for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
Remarkably this is a player who has already played for Germany at seven different levels during his career, awaiting his senior debut which will undoubtedly increase his value to a much higher amount than it’s currently at.
So what can Herrmann offer Spurs? Well in short, no pun intended, an awful lot.
He’s a very similar player to Modric in the respect that he’s small, has a low centre of gravity, is quick across the turf and can play creative passes from a variety of midfield positions.
He’s also extremely fit which is important for Tottenham because one of the main qualities to come from the Spurs midfield last season was an ability to work hard and cover for teammates.
The main worry that Spurs fans will point to is the fact that he’s used to a completely different style of football, making him a target for the more physical and aggressive teams in the Premier League.
However, Tottenham have the players to use who can protect him in the form of Scott Parker, Moussa Dembele and Sandro who can all allow him to do what he does best, which is cause chaos in the opponent’s final third.
His numbers are reasonable at six goals and six assists in 32 appearances last season but he was playing down the right wing at times, which is another reason Tottenham should consider going after him.
English football is changing and small midfield players are becoming more common and more available to Premier League teams.
Therefore, it’s important they can do more than one job and that’s exactly what Herrmann can give Spurs.
His impact last season was big and that will make him expensive to the club, increasing the difficulty for Daniel Levy in terms of getting a good deal.
However, the point is Tottenham are linked with several names at the moment who may be very difficult for them to get.
Here is a player just as good, if not better, as some of those targets and someone who they could go after unopposed.
Would you take a risk on him? What do you think he can add to Tottenham?
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