Why Tottenham's reported interest in Wijnaldum is great news for the North Londoners

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the match

The Newcastle United midfielder is the latest Netherlands international to be linked to White Hart Lane.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spotGeorginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring against Spurs

Tottenham's reported interest in Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, as reported in the Telegraph, is excellent news for Spurs fans even if the club don't manage to recruit the Dutchman.

Though the former PSV star had a mixed season on Tyneside, scoring 11 times in 40 matches, he is a versatile midfielder who can play both off the left flank and a more central attacking position, not dissimilar to the positions Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli take up.

Sky Sports' reporter Lyall Thomas, who works closely with Spurs, affirmed his belief that the 25-year-old is on the club's wish list, which may or may not hint that there are a few players Tottenham are looking at for that position.

Though his style of play is not exactly the same as Eriksen or Alli, what this shows is that Mauricio Pochettino, alongside head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, are effectively tackling the areas of the side that most urgently need strengthening ahead of the upcoming season.

The last campaign ended in disappointment with no wins in the club's final four matches, and one of the main reasons for this was Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele sitting out the matches due to suspension.

The club lacked the attacking link up that Alli brings, especially in the defeats to Southampton and Newcastle, while Dembele's control and defensive qualities in the middle of the park were also noticeable by their absence as Spurs agonisingly slipped to third on the last day of the season.

Southampton's Victor Wanyama shoots at goalSouthampton's Victor Wanyama shoots at goal

With the signing of Victor Wanyama from Southampton, Tottenham have already addressed the need for another powerful central midfield player, essentially someone that can replace either Eric Dier or Dembele without looking longingly forward, where they would rather be playing.

The likes of Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard have generally demonstrated quality at one point or another, but it looks likely that there will be at least one departure from that list of homegrown players as Spurs try to build a squad capable of challenging in both the Premier League and the Champions League.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy

It also looks like the club are finally set to increase the number of strikers at White Hart Lane by sealing a move for last season's Eredivisie top scorer Vincent Janssen, with the deal set to be completed by the end of the week according to the Telegraph report .

And now they are addressing the support for the number ten role that Alli usually fills.

Whether they sign Wijnaldum or not, bringing in a versatile attacking midfielder who is nevertheless most at home playing behind the main striker is another object on the to-do list that needs addressing, and with reports stating that players like Wijnaldum are being considered, it is clear that the club are getting around to covering every area for improvement. 

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring his fourth in the win over NorwichGeorginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring four goals against Norwich

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