Why do Tottenham Hotspur need another midfielder on loan when they can simply give a current star more chances?
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to bring in Adrien Rabiot on loan for the second half of the season.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is only 19 but has a huge reputation and is said to be interesting the great and the good of the game, so if Spurs really can bring him to White Hart Lane, no matter how briefly, surely that is a good move.
Well, not necessarily, because Rabiot’s arrival raises further questions regarding Benjamin Stambouli; a player who has made just five Premier League appearances since his £4.7million move from Montpellier.
The 24-year-old is a fine defensive midfielder who has shown – when he has had the chance – that he is more than capable of playing a big role in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
In recent times he has been used more regularly, suggesting he now has his manager’s confidence, so why then Rabiot?
PSG are unlikely to have sanctioned the reported deal unless there were guarantees the 19-year-old would play regularly; but even with some of Tottenham’s current midfield options tipped for the exit, is there really the need for such a young player who would only be a temporary fix and whose presence could cause more problems than it solves.
With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb impressing and Stambouli playing a significant role in recent results, any move for Rabiot seems strange, no matter how talented he is.
If Rabiot was a few years older, nearer to the finished product, then by all means hail the mooted move, but a teenager on loan to cover one of two midfield positions rather than a much-needed front-man or a bright new winger to shake things up? It makes no sense, and one wonders how Stambouli will feel if his young countryman does ultimately arrive.