Why Andriy Yarmolenko would have been the dream signing for Tottenham this summer

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Considering a player who could have been a superb signing for Tottenham Hotspur if they had made a move.

Tottenham Hotspur’s latest transfer window may be remembered predominantly for their failed attempt to sign Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion, but it is their failure to buy another player that could go down as their biggest mistake of the summer.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy were quick to identify certain areas of weakness, bringing in three new defenders to strengthen the club’s back-line and ultimately signing a new centre forward in Clinton N’Jie and a new left winger in Heung-Min Son.

Both players are versatile and could in theory play anywhere across a front-three, but their strongest positions are up front and on the left respectively, leaving the right wing relatively weak following Aaron Lennon’s permanent switch to Everton.

Many Tottenham fans will feel a new central midfielder should have been the key target, but signing Andriy Yarmolenko would have allowed Mousa Dembele to revert to a more central role while also giving Spurs a forward-line the envy of many.

Yarmolenko has scored a remarkable 101 goals in 269 matches for Dynamo Kiev, while he also has 69 assists in that time.

So far this season the 25-year-old has three goals and two assists in six Ukrainian Premier Liga matches while his other competitive appearance this campaign was a scintillating one, as he scored three and set up three in a 6-0 cup win.

In short, Yarmolenko is a supremely gifted player, a goal-scorer and creator to strike fear into most opponents.

He would have lit up White Hart Lane if Tottenham had bid big and signed him, but they did not, and that is a real shame for those Spurs fans looking for their next superstar.

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