Report: Tottenham Hotspur scout Marseille playmaker Morgan Sanson with stunning assist-record

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Only three players in Europe's top leagues set up more goals than Marseille's Spurs target Morgan Sanson last season.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur have a gruelling fixture schedule looming large in 2018. Not only do Mauricio Pochettino’s side want to retain their place in the top four, they will also be hoping to progress deep into the Champions League while attempting to end their decade-long trophy drought in the FA Cup.

A little bit of extra depth in attack, then, would not go amiss with Spurs preparing to fight on three fronts. And according to French publication Foot O1, Tottenham sent scouts to watch Marseille’s clash with Bordeaux at the weekend with the visitors’ midfielder Morgan Sanson the object of their affections.

Olympique de Marseille's French midfielder Morgan Sanson (R) fights for the ball with Bordeaux's French defender Theo Pellenard during the French Ligue 1 football match between Bordeaux...

Spurs could not have timed their visit any better. In second half stoppage time, Sanson struck to hand Marseille a draw with his third goal in three Ligue 1 games. But the former Montpellier star is not a goalscoring midfielder by trade.

He is more of a creator. Splitting his time between Montpellier and Marseille last season, Sanson set up 14 goals in France’s top flight – a tally only bettered on the continent by Christian Eriksen (15), Kevin De Bruyne (18) and RB Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg (18).

Olympique de Marseille's French midfielder Morgan Sanson celebrates after scoring the equalizer during the French Ligue 1 football match between Bordeaux and Marseille at The Matmut...

Sanson, however, is not a guaranteed starter under Rudi Garcia in Marseille. In fact, he is behind former West Ham talisman Dimitri Payet in the pecking order, meaning he has often been forced out of position on the right or left on the bench to accommodate the one-time Hammer.

Though a diminutive and technically gifted midfielder capable of opening up deep lying and compact defences, you can see why Pochettino would be keen for Spurs to keep an eye on Sanson.

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