Sofiane Boufal's Southampton wondergoal gives Tottenham Hotspur food for thought

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur speaks to the media during the Tottenham Hotspur Press Conference at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 16, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

Spurs wanted Boufal in 2016 before he joined Southampton - but will Mauricio Pochettino's apparent desire for a new winger revive Tottenham's interest?

Sofiane Boufal of Southampton breaks through on his way to score his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium on...

No one has ever truly doubted Sofiane Boufal’s ability. Rather, it was the temperament, consistency and efficiency of the maverick winger that had Southampton supporters wondering when, or whether, they would ever see a return on their club-record £21 million investment, per Sky Sports.

Boufal became The Saints record signing when he arrived from Lille in the summer of 2016 but that dazzling solo goal against West Brom at the weekend was an all-too rare occasion that Moroccan international has looked worthy of every penny.

The 24-year-old has only started 13 Premier League games in over a year and that wondergoal to down The Baggies at St Mary’s on Saturday, racing from inside his own half, beating three players before slotting a sublime finish into the far corner, was only his second Premier League strike.

Sofiane Boufal of Southampton scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium on October 21, 2017 in...

But if there was ever an indication why Tottenham Hotspur wanted Boufal in North London, this was it. The winger’s agent, Yvan Le Mee admitted last year in quotes reported by The Sun that Spurs were among the frontrunners for Boufal before he joined Southampton.

And, for the most part, Spurs look to have pulled off a rather fortunate mistake. Yet, with manager Mauricio Pochettino seemingly on the lookout for a new winger in January, Boufal may pique their interest again if he proves that his West Brom stunner is not another false dawn.

Sofiane Boufal of Southampton celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium...

Calciomercato report that Spurs are tracking Milan’s former Liverpool playmaker Suso while Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez is also on their radar, per The Mirror.

Boufal, however, is one of the most naturally talented yet eternally frustrating players in European football. But could Pochettino’s discipline, coaching and belief ensure that these moments of magic happen a little more frequently?

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