With Tottenham Hotspur reportedly hoping to bring more young players to the club, Vincent Ralph argues that they should be looking at experienced stars.
Another close-season means another round of transfer rumours relating to Tottenham Hotspur, but should their fans be excited about their recent addition and potential new signings or should they be wary?
After all, if the latest reports are to be believed, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to be favouring additional youth over ready-made stars.
Tottenham have already completed the £4.3million signing of 22-year-old Kevin Wimmer; a player who will be tasked with shoring up the club’s often fragile back-line. And according to reports from Bild and the Mirror respectively, Pochettino has also offered £10million for 19-year-old Stuttgart striker Timo Werner and will open talks regarding Monaco’s £18.2million-rated Anthony Martial.
The latter is also 19 and if Tottenham ultimately add the two forwards to their side they could have spent more than £32million on one player in his early 20s and two teenagers.
However good these players are – and in Martial’s case he is very highly-rated indeed – are they really what Tottenham need right now?
After all, Pochettino already has a number of talented young players to call on, with the likes of Dele Alli and Alex Pritchard hoping to follow Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb et al into the first-team next season.
But they are not the players who are going to get Tottenham into the top four and fighting for silverware in the short-term. In five years’ time, potentially, but what the club needs now is a few ready-made stars to play alongside the promising next generation.
They may cost more (in some cases at least), but if Tottenham really are willing to pay tens of millions of pounds for teenagers, there are also some bargains to be had; players who could change the landscape at White Hart Lane now rather than some time in the future.
Just look at Southampton and some of the players they have signed for relatively cheap fees in recent times – the likes of Sadio Mane (£10m), Victor Wanyama (£12.5m) and Graziano Pelle (£8m).
There are examples of more experienced players being signed for relatively cheap fees across England so for all the promising teenage talent Tottenham may wish to sign, they would be wise to add experience, too.