Did Tottenham blow their chances of signing Michy Batshuayi on the cheap two years in succession?
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the match
Last summer Tottenham Hotspur struck out unsuccessfully in their attempts to buy a striker, focusing on Saido Berahino.
Batshuayi had only one season at Marseille under his belt at the time, the majority of which was spent as a an understudy to Andre Pierre Gignac.
This season with Gignac sold, Batshuayi excelled as first choice, netting 24 goals in all competitions and earning a £30 million move to Chelsea.
It is easy to be wise after the event, but if Spurs were correctly looking at value last summer, they would have moved for the Belgian, who was valued at less than half the price West Brom were rejecting bids from them for Saido Berahino.
While 12 months ago Berahino's stock was higher after a successful campaign, Tottenham came up empty handed, and have now seen the striker slip through their grasp.
The Times reported Batshuayi's move to Spurs fell through this summer due to his wage demands, which he was able to command at Chelsea. This would not have been the case hd they moved a year ago.
Perhaps though, the blame does not entirely lie with Levy, but Pochettino instead.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
The Mail reported in 2014 while Batshuayi was still at Standard Liege, that Daniel Levy had lined up a move for the striker, and was willing to pay his £8 million release clause.
The report stated Batshuayi could become Mauricio Pochettino's first signing once he was confirmed as Spurs boss, pending the Argentine rubber-stamping the move.
It read: "Spurs chief Daniel Levy is ready to make a bid for the highly-rated frontman, who has an £8million release clause, depending on Mauricio Pochettino’s approval. "
Standard Liege's Laurent Ciman, Michy Batshuayi and Mohamed Tchite (L-R)
Evidently Pochettino, and latterly Levy, did not prioritise a move for the Belgian striker, and now they have missed out as he heads to London rivals Chelsea.
They will have to go they can find a better solution, and that their decisions do not come back to haunt them.