Tottenham Hotspur could have created a midfield line-up capable of reaching the Champions League for just £5 million.
Tottenham Hotspur's need for central midfielders has been fulfilled after the club's deadline day business yesterday.
Spurs had a quiet January transfer window - bringing in just two players - but the signing of Dele Alli from MK Dons could be one of the most important transactions they have completed in recent times.
With Alli arriving at Spurs, the club have a midfield quartet that can be the axis Mauricio Pochettino builds his success around.
At the moment Tottenham have a wealth of options in the midfield area, but few are ready to advance them to the next level.
The likes of Mousa Dembele, Paulinho and Benjamin Stambouli have all been utilised as defensive midfielders this campaign, but Pochettino's signing of Alli suggests that the entirety of this trio may be replaced in the coming few years.
Alli joins Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Josh Onomah at White Hart Lane and the foursome can become Tottenham's midfield options for the next decade, if they fulfil their potential.
Mason and Bentaleb are already established members of Tottenham's first team and the academy graduates have been two of their star performers this campaign.
Onomah, meanwhile, looks to be the finest talent in the club's youth system at the moment and he is tipped to become a senior England international in the future.
Similar hopes are held of Alli, who has scored 12 goals in 32 games in League One this season, and if Spurs do manage to develop him into the world-class star he threatens to be they could have created a midfield capable of helping them break into the top-four for just £5 million, reported by the BBC to be the fee.
It would be a feat that would make Tottenham the envy of other Premier League sides and Pochettino will certainly be hoping that his admirable long-term plan comes to fruition.