Why Andrea Pirlo is not the player Tottenham Hotspur need

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Former Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli has suggested that Spurs have been in contact with Juventus star Andrea Pirlo.

Pirlo is notorious in European football for being a midfielder who can create something out of nothing in a split second but he’s not the player that Tottenham Hotspur need.

Andre Villas-Boas made good improvements to his squad over the summer, which saw the midfield area in particular accumulate numbers giving the side different options.

However, one area where Spurs were exposed yesterday in the Premier League defeat against West Ham United was in wide areas, looking to break through the middle of West Ham too frequently and without success.

When spurs did move the ball wide to Andros Townsend, the winger had some success and a better final ball could have seen Spurs take the lead long before West Ham scored their two fortunate opening goals.

If Tottenham moved for Pirlo, then he wouldn’t play anywhere else other than in the heart of the midfield and he’d play the exact same role which is currently being performed by Christian Eriksen.

Pirlo may not play in as high a position as Eriksen on the pitch, but their roles would be similar in the respect that they would both be seen as the creative, driving forces behind the team.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is not an out and out wide midfielder, which is why he always shows his natural desire to come inside, making Tottenham a narrow team on the left and placing pressure on the left-back to get forward and provide that width.

Two natural wingers on either side of the pitch would allow AVB to pack the middle of the team with a variety of central midfielders he has available who can focus completely on their roles in the middle.

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The width will be more natural and will provide outlets on either side for those players to offload to, when situations like yesterday come up and the opposition defence puts two banks of four in front of their penalty area which is difficult to break through.

What’s more surprising is that 72% of Tottenham’s attacking play this season is coming from wide areas, which shows those centrally based players look to get the ball wide quickly.

The other area that Tottenham need a player before they go after someone like Pirlo is in attack, with a prolific goalscorer who can accumulate an impressive strike rate.

Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe both bring a lot of experience to the table and they are both great forwards in their own right, but Spurs lack that punch up front which could make the difference.

There is a clear case for other players being needed before Pirlo.

What do you think Spurs fans? Would Pirlo be a good addition?

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