Pochettino described Tottenham Hotspur linked Juan Cuadrado as 'top player'

Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of Juan Cuadrado.

Juventus' Juan Cuadrado (L) celebrates after scoring a goalJuventus' Juan Cuadrado 

Tottenham Hotspur were linked last week with a move for Juan Cuadrado, by The Sun.

The report appeared speculative, suggesting Tottenham could battle rivals Arsenal for the player who is rated at £30 million.

Yet comments from current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino lend the idea credibility.

Pochettino spoke kindly about the Juventus winger two years ago, when he had just joined Chelsea from Fiorentina.

He was quoted by The Mail admitting he was a big fan of Cuadrado and had taken a lot of notice of him.

He said: "He is a top player. He is a decisive player. He is very strong. I've watched him a lot playing for Colombia, his national team.

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Juventus' Juan Cuadrado in actioBayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Juventus' Juan Cuadrado in actio

"(Jose) Pekerman and Nestor Lorenzo, the manager and assistant manager for Colombia, are my friends. I speak always about Cuadrado. He is a top player.

"He has all the attributes to be successful here (in England). He is a very good player. He's a wing-back. He can play like a winger and like a full-back. He is strong, he is powerful and he is very technical."

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Cuadrado's spell at Chelsea was not a success, but there are mitigating factors, starting with a lack of regular game time.

Jose Mourinho also did not play him in a wing-back role, with Chelsea only adopting that formation under Antonio Conte.

Spurs frequently used a 3-5-2 formation last season and Cuadrado's ability to play on either flank will make him a player Tottenham could get plenty of use out of should they bring him to North London.


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