Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Yacine Brahimi showcased his Premier League credentials for Porto in Wednesday night’s 2-0 Champions League victory at Athletic Bilbao, grabbing a goal and assist to seal his side a spot in the last-16.
Aged 24, the attacking midfielder is understood to be one of Mauricio Pochettino’s top winter transfer targets after netting five times in six European matches since joining the Portuguese giants from La Liga club Granada this past summer, and his performance against his side’s Group H rivals will have no doubt further convinced the Spurs boss of his worth.
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Capable of featuring out wide or as number 10, the French-born speedster grew up emulating Zinedine Zidane on the streets of Paris but, after opting to represent Algeria at international level in 2013, it was his excellent showing for the Desert Foxes at the World Cup this summer which earned him a € 6.5 million move to the Estadio do Dragao.
Scoring a hat-trick in the team’s opening Champions League group stage game against Bate Borisov, the former Rennes prospect is now one of manager Julen Lopetegui’s most important players and, having signed a contract until 2019 only a few months ago, will not come cheap to potential suitors, which also include Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.
With Spurs boasting the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela at their disposal, Brahimi would likely be a candidate to start on the wing at White Hart Lane, where Pochettino is still reportedly keen to add depth, although many would no doubt suggest the club would be better off using their resources to bring in an out-and-out striker.
Nevertheless, the 10-times capped international is no doubt an exciting talent, and fellow Primeira Liga star Jonathan Urretaviscaya, who plays for rivals Pacos de Ferreira, has said this week that he is good enough for even Barcelona or Real Madrid.
‘The FC Porto move is to make more than in Granada and I think he'll be here for a short time. I have a feeling that he will jump to England.’