Tottenham's loss against Manchester United highlights their need to sign this Spanish international more than ever

Atletico Madrid's Juanfran in action with Real Madrid's Isco

Tottenham Hotspur's loss to Manchester United yesterday highlighted their need to add a world-class creative midfielder to their squad.

Spurs lost 1-0 at Old Trafford against Manchester United yesterday, despite having 60 per cent possession of the football, and controlling the tempo of the game for the most part.

Despite having the majority of possession, Mauricio Pochettino's men were totally bereft of any kind of invention or pace in the final third.

Christian Eriksen once again proved that he is nowhere near the levels of Mesut Ozil, David Silva and Eden Hazard, while Harry Kane's lack of pace is beginning to prove a problem for Tottenham, when they come up against teams who play a high line against them.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in action with Manchester United's Marcos Rojo and Matteo DarmianTottenham's Christian Eriksen in action 

The introduction of Moussa Sissoko on 57 minutes made a huge difference for the visitors, with the injection of pace down the right wing causing United all sorts of problems.

When it really mattered though, Spurs were missing that little bit of magic needed to be considered as genuine title contenders.

Their introduction of Harry Winks on 67 minutes, when they were chasing an equaliser, was further evidence of their lack of quality strength-in-depth.

The game as a whole highlighted Spurs' need to sign Isco, probably more than ever.

The 24-year-old Spaniard's contract expires in the summer of 2018, so Real Madrid will soon be coming to the point where they have to offer him a new deal, or allow him to leave the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid's Isco in action with Atletico Madrid's GabiReal Madrid's Isco in action 

His creativity, pure quality and expert vision could have made all the difference yesterday, and Daniel Levy must fork out whatever it takes to bring him to White Hart Lane, if the player is interested in a move of course.

Most Spurs fans will agree that they have never really replaced Luka Modric, since he left for Madrid.

By signing Isco, they can finally do just that, albeit three years too late.

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