Tottenham fans have their say on whether the club needs Axel Witsel

The Belgium international has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

According to a recent report from Italian website Calcio Mercato, Tottenham Hotspur lead the race to sign Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, with the player favouring a move to England if he does leave Russia.

But what do Tottenham fans think of the story, and do they feel the Belgian international would be a canny addition?

At 26 Witsel is arguably reaching the peak of his career and his experience is undeniable, after the player accrued 60 caps for his country and 138 appearances for Zenit.

Witsel also previously turned out 189 times for Standard Liege and 52 times for Benfica, and in his club career to date he has scored 68 goals and provided 34 assists. So there is no doubt he has the experience that many feel this Tottenham side needs.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has brought through a number of extremely talented youngsters but Witsel is arguably just the kind of player Tottenham need as they bid to make the step up to the Champions League and ultimately challenging for the Premier League title.

Following the initial report of Tottenham’s continued interest in Witsel a number of Spurs fans had their say and you can read a selection below:

Mark said: ‘Yes definitely if a quality player like Witsel becomes available who can strengthen the squad then we should be in for him; along with Pato and Stone and we could win the Premier League.’

Fuzzy said: ‘I am probably the only one who thinks Bentaleb's overrated; for whatever reason I just do not see the magic that everyone else does. Having another DM creates opportunity for Alli to play a more attacking role.’

Lee said: ‘For a 19-year-old to be able to play that role and help the team clinch 5th last season takes something special…plus he'd take one for the team if the opposition looked like scoring. Clearly he's hit a dip in form but once he gets back up, it'll be one hell of a midfield battle, still not sure what his best position is.’

Gavlar said: Why on earth would it hinder Dier progress? Bentaleb does not play in the same position as Dier either. Witsel will provide much needed cover for the deep RdCM fold that Dier plays in. Depending on the game Dier's partner LdCM or a LCM (box to box) midfielder I.e Bentaleb/Mason/Alli/Dembele can all play here. We need cover for Dier only in midfield.’

Spaticus said: ‘It's a no brainer, isn't it? Only sign players who improve the squad and Witsel would improve the squad. If you look at our bench, it's quite thin on quality. At some point the youngsters will hit a wall, it's inevitable. To have the likes of Witsel in the fold to take the pressure off Dier, Alli and Bentaleb (fit and firing) etc can only be a good thing. I'd sign him up in a heartbeat.’

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