Tottenham Hotspur could well have just been handed a boost in their pursuit of £8 million rated Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo.
Betis will be playing second tier Spanish football next season, which means Tottenham’s chances of signing the midfielder are better if the new manager decides he’s someone the club needs to target.
The 19-year-old failed to score during Betis’ unsuccessful La Liga campaign, but he made a positive impression in North London when he was given a chance to impress.
The obvious question, which will be raised by Spurs fans is why go after someone who was playing in a relegated side?
Vadillo was used more as an impact substitute last season, nothing up two assists and establishing a 33% strike rate in the Europa League.
Eight of his domestic appearances came as a substitute, which meant he was deprived of the chance to nail down a regular first team starting role, showing what he can do over 90 minutes as opposed to 20.
Tottenham is one of the best places for younger players to play in England and ironically, had Tim Sherwood kept his job at White Hart Lane, Vadillo’s chances of getting first team game time next season would have been better.
That’s not to say that the new boss coming in will neglect using younger players, more a comment based around the fact that Sherwood gave young fringe players a chance in his first team such as Harry Kane towards the end of the season.
Should Tottenham go after the transfer then the player shouldn’t have any hesitation in snapping up the move.
Not only do Spurs present the chance for him to play in the Premier League and Europa League next season, there is a real opportunity for him to break into the first team squad quickly.
Andros Townsend was unable to capitalise on the early season form he showed last season, which suggests that Vadillo could compete with him for a role down the left hand side of Tottenham’s midfield.
Sherwood was reluctant to use a winger down the left when he took over from Andre Villas-Boas, preferring to use central midfielders down the left hand side, which didn’t always work as planned.
Vadillo would be an investment more than anything else and a big gamble, but one which could pay off big time.