European football expert suggests possible reason Tottenham didn't move for Shaqiri

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Andy Brassell, an expert on European football, has suggested a flaw that he's seen developing in Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri.

European football expert Andy Brassell explained on talkSPORT why he feels Tottenham may not have pushed harder to try and sign Swiss player Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Daily Mirror has previously mentioned Tottenham as a club with an interest in Shaqiri, who has moved on from his days with Bayern Munich and now represents Inter Milan in Serie A.

Shaqiri would have arguably been a good signing for Spurs because he’d fill a wide role in the first team at White Hart Lane, but Brassell has suggested that he struggles to adapt to and cope with different tactical systems.

“I think there was a feeling with Guardiola (at Bayern Munich) that he just didn’t get it, that he couldn’t get him to understand tactics,” he told talkSPORT.

“Maybe that wouldn’t matter so much in the Premier League - I’m still to be convinced with Tottenham’s plan (in terms of signing players) because they do get linked with a lot of players.”

Left midfield role

There is still arguably the need for a player to come in and play off of the left hand side for Spurs.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino seems to prefer using Andros Townsend towards the right because of his ability to come inside and unleash the power he has in terms of shots through his left foot.

However, so far, Pochettino has tended to use central players slightly to the left, which has placed the full back under pressure to get forward and provide the width from the side.

On the one hand, Shaqiri could have got forward and could have let hell loose on the opposition but on the other hand, if he does lack the discipline to excel in strict tactical systems, it may have given Pochettino nothing new compared to what he already has.

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