According to a report in the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur have targeted Manchester United winger Ashley Young as a potential Yannick Bolasie alternative.
Crystal Palace are said to be playing hardball with Spurs over their talented winger, prompting the North Londoners to seek alternatives as they bid to strengthen their squad.
Spurs have spent much of the summer shipping players out, but after trimming their squad now is the time for them to make some important additions ahead of the Premier League campaign.
The Mirror claims United’s Ashley Young is on their radar, and contrary to Spurs supporters’ likely disapproval, here are three reasons why he would be a real coup for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
With Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon out of the first-team picture, Tottenham are low on attacking numbers and that can’t be healthy in terms of motivation to win a regular starting berth.
In Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, Pochettino has a great base but without the squad depth they are extremely vulnerable to a drop in quality should injuries and suspensions arise.
The aforementioned three attacking midfielders all have their own differing qualities. However, they all share a similar weakness in not particularly excelling in ball dribbling.
Last season, Spurs become increasingly easier to play against when it became evident they lacked a player who could carry the ball deep into opposition territory, pulling players out of position.
Young likes to hold onto the ball, he likes to dribble and he likes to cross. Traits which would serve Spurs well and prove a valuable asset for centre-forward Harry Kane.
At 30, the United star is one of the more experienced players in the squad and that can be a big plus to the youngsters, not least if the team’s average age is in its low 20s.
Spurs have plenty of talent in their first-team, but when the going gets tough, a bit of experience could go a long way into helping the team navigate their way through difficult times.