Does signing PSV star Memphis Depay make sense for Tottenham, even if it means the club's existing forwards struggle for game time.
Tottenham are reported to have stepped up their interested in the Netherlands' World Cup star Memphis Depay, with the London club said to have offered a deal of around £15 million to secure the services of the 20-year-old.
Firstly, it is bizarre that Tottenham are still seeking to add to the two positions in the team they are suitably well stocked in, wide and central midfield.
Mauricio Pochettino's pursuit of Morgan Schneiderlin is understandable considering he worked with the Frenchman at Southampton and sees the player as integral to anchoring the team and creating the same pressing game that he employed at St Mary's. Naturally, Schneiderlin's arrival would see the decline of the likes of Etienne Capoue, and fan favourite Sandro, as well as possible issues with the amount of game time Mousa Dembele, Paulinho and Lewis Holtby would get.
Depay's arrival would equally get in the way of the clutch of talented wide men/attacking midfielders Spurs have at their disposal. While it is clear that Depay has the potential to be a top attacking player at whichever club he heads to from PSV, he would be a big money risk, and would arguably have to move ahead of schedule if he were to nail down a first team spot without the same kind of problems Erik Lamela experienced last season.
But even more of a problem is how the arrival of Depay would impact Christian Eriksen. With Lamela looking certain to be first choice on the right in the coming season, Eriksen's role on the left would likely be taken by the new signing, meaning he would have to feature as one of the three central midfielders, even though Pochettino shunned from playing such an attacking minded player as one of his central three at Southampton.
The Argentinian manager has already shown that he likes his forward players to drift into each other's positions, but it means that the three behind have to be disciplined and capable of pressing and winning back possession.
When considering the fact that Lennon, Townsend and Chadli are three capable replacements for Eriksen and Lamela, adding in another attacking midfielder will almost certainly lead to one or more of these players leaving.
Naturally, none of this would matter if Depay was to arrive and explode into outstanding goalscoring form, something that isn't impossible given his talent, but if that comes at the expense of Eriksen, who is only a couple of years older than Depay and has already settled in the Premier League and at Spurs, is it necessary business?