Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Alan Brazil defended his old side on his breakfast show for talkSPORT, after news emerged that Spurs had turned down the chance to sign West Ham teenager Reece Oxford.
The BBC is among several sources to have confirmed that Tottenham had the chance to snap up the talented youngster, who had a great game last weekend as the Hammers defeated Arsenal in their opening game of the new Premier League season.
However, Brazil has suggested that Tottenham were in a difficult position because of where Oxford wanted to play when he was on trial with the club.
“To be fair to Tottenham, I think when he was there, he was playing as a striker,” he told talkSPORT.
The potential to become a superb central midfielder
Oxford had the potential to be a superb midfielder, but Tottenham appear to have looked at their situation, with central midfield a heavily congested area of their squad over the past couple of years.
They have plenty of good first team options across the middle of the team, with the likes of Alex Pritchard and Dele Alli to come into the side in the near future.
If it was clear, even at the age of 14-years-old, that Oxford was destined for a midfield role, Spurs can’t be blamed for passing up the opportunity to get their hands on him.
Tottenham have stuck with Harry Kane and have the potential to bring another player in by the end of the window. In terms of central midfield, they’ve not done too badly.