Photo: Tweet shows Pochettino watching Barcelona B v Cornella

10th November 2018, Selhurst Park, London, England; EPL Premier League football, Crystal Palace versus Tottenham Hotspur; Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino arriving at Selhurst...

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino hasn't taken a break from football this weekend.

10th November 2018, Selhurst Park, London, England; EPL Premier League football, Crystal Palace versus Tottenham Hotspur; Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino arriving at Selhurst...

With yet another international break upon us, Premier League managers have been left at something of a loose end for a third weekend this season.

After international breaks in September and October, November's break arrived after last weekend's games, with no more breaks until March after this block of games.

Managers will have been planning training with thinner squads, spending time analysing their next opponents and even doing a bit of scouting; after all, the January transfer window is just around six weeks away.

 

That may well have been what Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino was up to, as he was spotted at Barcelona B's game against Cornella at the Mini Estadi.

Pochettino frequents Barcelona in international breaks having lived there during his time as Espanyol boss, and there remains a high probability that he was simply taking in whatever football he could whilst visiting.

However, it's also more than reasonable to believe that Pochettino was there to see a transfer target, and midfielder Carles Alena was in action having been linked with Spurs in the past.

The 20-year-old playmaker – wanted by Spurs in 2017 according to AS – has yet to really step up to Barcelona's first team, and Pochettino may well have been watching him on Saturday ahead of a potential bid.

Spurs need help in central midfield and Alena would give Pochettino a young, talented player to develop and nurture, whilst also offering Alena a step up from third tier football in Spain.

Carles Alena of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis Balompie at Camp Nou on November 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

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