Taking a closer look at a player recently linked with a possible move to Tottenham Hotspur.
According to a recent report from the Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur have turned their attention to Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel as they look to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes, and considering the Belgium international’s talent he would be great for them.
At 26, Witsel is the perfect age – old enough to have considerable experience under his belt but young enough to still have his best years ahead of him.
With two years left on his current contract at Zenit it may take a big bid rather than a huge one to tempt the Russian club into doing business, knowing as they will that next summer his price-tag will have decreased significantly.
Then there is the fact that Witsel is exactly the type of player Tottenham are crying out for – an experienced defensive midfielder with plenty of international experience to boot.
He has also shown he can play in a variety of different countries having turned out in his homeland for Standard Liege, in Portugal with Benfica and now in Russia.
That is no guarantee he will succeed in the Premier League but he is far less of a risk than a player who has only ever thrived in one environment.
On top of that, the alleged Tottenham target knows where the goal is, having not only scored 15 goals for Zenit but regularly finding the net during his time with Liege.
In fact, Witsel left the club with 42 goals and 18 assists so while Tottenham would likely use him further back, pushing him forward could simultaneously give them an additional goal-threat.
It may never be more than another transfer rumour in what is an increasingly large pile of them, but this one makes sense, and for that reason alone Tottenham fans would be forgiven for getting excited at the prospect.