Spaniard linked to Spurs is a magician, but not right for Premier League

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked to former Real Madrid and Derby County forward Alberto Bueno.

According to numerous reports, Mauricio Pochettino is looking to sign Alberto Bueno, a former Derby County loan star, on a free deal once his contract with Rayo Vallecano runs out this summer.

The 26-year-old scored 11 goals in 37 games last season and his good form looks to have won the interest of both Tottenham Hotspur and Granada. 

But, is he the player Spurs should be looking at? I would argue not.

Although the former Real Madrid star is an exquisite footballer, which he is, the loan spell at Derby County during the 2010-11 season does cast a doubt to whether he would be the right fit for Tottenham and the Premier League.

When he first signed for Derby, he was a class above everybody else on the pitch. And his flawless technique and vision was incredible to watch. 

However, as the season grew into the winter months, the exciting Spaniard seemed to freeze up. 

The movement and fluidity in his play had all but faded as the pace, power and physicality of the English game left him, at times, looking like a boy among men. 

In between the October 17 and April 24, he managed just the one goal, a consolation strike in a defeat to Ipswich in February, and found himself in and out the Derby side. 

Nevertheless, he was, and has remained, a favourite with Derby supporters to this day for his performances and Mediterranean style. 

But, if he was to join Spurs, his previous stint in England suggests he would struggle to influence their first-team next season and that Pochettino would be better off looking elsewhere. 

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