Ibrahim Afellay could be Tottenham's best signing this summer

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to rekindle their interest in Ibrahim Afellay, the player who snubbed a loan move to Spurs last summer.

Rumours seem to be doing the rounds in the Dutch and Spanish press that the North London club are ready to take Afellay to White Hart Lane and it’s a move which could turn out to be a masterstroke by Andre Villas-Boas.

Afellay is an extremely talented and experienced winger who would create more positives for the club than he would problems with the most notable benefit relating to Tottenham’s best player, Gareth Bale.

Afellay plays predominantly down the left side of the pitch, which is an area AVB has said he will consider switching Bale back to.

One of the reasons Bale has been such an effective player and goalscorer for Tottenham this season is because he’s been allowed to play from a central attacking position and Afellay’s presence at Tottenham would allow him to stay there.

Afellay’s brief spell with FC Schalke last season also suggests that he can be aggressive and effective from that wide position.

He produced a strike rate of one in five during his Bundesliga matches, but never really had the time you can only get from a long season to improve that strike rate dramatically.

He also has European experience having played in Europe for his parent club Barcelona and in the Champions League with Schalke last season.

That will make him a very important component of Tottenham’s team heading into the Europa League next season but also as they look to try and consolidate as a top four side in the Premier League.

He can use his experience to improve Tottenham’s chances of securing Champions League football and that remains the ultimate ambition of the club at this stage.

His versatility is also something which allows him to play various positions across the Tottenham midfield and he already forms a very good alternative to Aaron Lennon, who struggled with injury last season.

His ability to play effectively down the left, through the middle and down the right of Tottenham’s team means AVB has more options and more ways to fit this talented and effective player into the side next season.

His profile at Barcelona has dipped and Tito Vilanova should be willing to let him leave the club on a cheaper deal and that’s where Daniel Levy can step in and get the club the best possible deal.

There will be competition for him because of his pace, skill, experience and versatility but if Tottenham get him at the second time of trying, he could set them up for a superb 2013/2014 campaign.

Where do you think Afellay will fit in at Tottenham?

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