Reports were widespread yesterday over Tottenham Hotspur’s reported interest in Anderlecht winger Andy Najar.
The 21-year-old is apparently being watched by scouts of the North London club as Mauricio Pochettino mulls over whether to make a £4 million gamble on signing him this winter.
He impressed during the World Cup with Honduras but Spurs fans could arguably feel underwhelmed and question the motive of a low profile signing as they continue their quest for Champions League football.
One possible motive relates to Tottenham’s crossing stats from all matches played so far this season.
Spurs are in the bottom five in terms of accurate crosses in the Premier League, which suggests extra width and talent out in wide areas can’t do the team any harm.
However, Pochettino does have options to use down the wings in the form of Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela among others.
Chadli and Lamela are arguably more effective when they cut inside and get into central positions but there’s no reason Lennon and Townsend can’t be more effective in terms of accurate crosses over the course of the season.
Lamela has been a revelation under Pochettino but he’s not an out and out wide man, creating a comparison with how Christian Eriksen played out on the left hand side for Spurs at times last season.
Najar would be a gamble because he’s young and inexperienced compared to the current wide options Tottenham have available.
However, having an extra player out wide can’t hurt the squad and he could give Spurs something in a player who runs and hogs the touchline, which the stats suggest they don’t already have.