The Daily Star has suggested Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race for Yacine Brahimi of FC Porto as Mauricio Pochettino looks for ways to improve his midfield this winter.
The middle of Tottenham’s team is arguably their strongest asset but the Star’s report has suggested two benefits Brahimi would create for Tottenham if they chose to pay out and sign him.
“He would also be a good fit in the high-tempo pressing game favoured by Mauricio Pochettino.”
Pace is something that no side can ever have enough of but it’s unclear exactly how Brahimi would play in the Tottenham midfield.
Centrally, Pochettino has all angles covered and doesn’t need to add a holding player, a central midfield or someone who can play in behind a main striker.
That suggests that he’d be forced into a wider position, which will aid his pace and also compliments the idea he could press high up the pitch.
One of the common things which has been evident since Pochettino came into English football is that he likes his full-backs to nudge higher up the pitch, which allows the wingers to press as they look to win back possession quickly.
The major problem with Tottenham’s reported interest in this player is the fact that his contract doesn’t expire until 2019.
That means if Pochettino really wants him, he’ll have to pay a large fee and he could find it difficult to get a bid commissioned with the need for a striker an arguably more pressing necessity.
It’s a nice story but if Tottenham want a winger, they’ll buy a winger, not a player who is stronger through the middle, occasionally playing wider where he can make the most of his pace.