Yunus Malli insists that Tottenham Hotspur were interested once upon a time – but they won’t have been too impressed with his recent Bundesliga showings.
24 hours before Tottenham Hotspur ascended to seventh heaven with a final day thumping of Hull City, the fallen giants of the Bundesliga were left hanging on above the relegation trapdoor.
A last-gasp defeat to fellow strugglers Hamburg leaves VFL Wolfsburg facing a two-legged play-off against second division Eintracht Braunschweig. The winner will be playing Bundesliga football next season.
As for the loser, well that doesn’t bare thinking about for a side who finished second two years ago with Kevin De Bruyne, Ivan Perisic and Bas Dost in attack.
Therefore, you could forgive Wolves playmaker Yunus Malli for wishing he had taken up Tottenham’s interest rather than swapping Mainz for the Volkswagen Arena in January this year.
The Turkish international told Sport that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had previously made clear that he wanted him as part of his free-flowing attack at White Hart Lane. However, after initial interest came to nothing, Malli instead donned the green of Wolfsburg.
And, rather tellingly, he admitted that his recent form means the chances of Tottenham renewing their interest any time soon is increasingly unlikely.
After all, the 25-year-old was supposed to revive Wolfsburg’s fortunes over the second half of the season and provide that much-needed cutting edge after laying on 17 goals and 10 assists in 18 months at an otherwise middling Mainz outfit.
However, in 16 games for the Saxony giants, Malli has produced just one goal and a single assist.
As it stands, you can’t imagine that Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen or Heung Min Son are quaking in their boots at the prospect of Malli stealing their spot under Pochettino next season.