Tottenham Hotspur have two players who should be inspired to step up after it emerged Fabian Delph wouldn't be joining the club.
When news was confirmed via the BBC yesterday that Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph had signed a new long term contract, there would have been a few disheartened individuals at White Hart Lane.
The Daily Mirror has suggested that earlier this month Spurs were keen on a deal but there are a couple of players who should now sense an opportunity to work hard and improve over the next couple of months.
Etienne Capoue and Brazilian star Paulinho are two players who would have definitely expected to play more this season, but they have struggled to make the most of the opportunities when they have come.
Tottenham’s decision not to submit a series of offers for Delph suggests that first team boss Mauricio Pochettino isn’t interested in letting any players leave before the end of the current transfer window.
That leads to the suggestion that Capoue and Paulinho will get more chances to impress over the rest of the season.
Capoue has arguably been overtaken by Benjamin Stambouli in terms of the holding role at Spurs and needs games to show that he can be an authority in front of the defence.
Paulinho has been used sparingly by the club but despite an FA Cup exit, Spurs are still fighting on multiple fronts and he offers a more creative option.
Any bids for Delph or the arrival of the player himself, would have signalled doubt over the futures of both players because the Aston Villa man has the ability to play defensively while also offering an option going forward.
Delph has just become more expensive to Tottenham if he is a target of Mauricio Pochettino as the Daily Mirror suggests.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has always been a businessman and it now seems more likely to be a case of stick rather than twist.