Tottenham Hotspur lucky to miss out on Maximilian Philipp, true test imminent

Dortmund's forward Maximilian Philipp celebrate scoring the 5-0 goal with his teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v FC Cologne, in...

Tottenham Hotspur came close to signing Maximilian Philipp, who could go up against them this evening

Dortmund's forward Maximilian Philipp celebrate scoring the 5-0 goal with his teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v FC Cologne, in...

18 months ago Tottenham were battling against Borussia Dortmund to sign Freiburg winger Maximilian Philipp.

Philipp told Sport Bild he faced a 50-50 decision on his future with Dortmund and Tottenham both showing interest.

Dortmund won the race, paying a fee BILD priced at £17.5 million.

This evening he could line up against Tottenham in the Champions League amid injuries to Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer.

 

Philipp was originally touted as a replacement for Reus, who had lost form and suffered with injuries.

This season Reus has bounced back as Dortmund's top scorer, netting 14 times, prior to picking up a fresh injury a fortnight ago.

His injury saw Philipp start at the weekend for Dortmund in their 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim.

Maximilian Philipp of Borussia Dortmund  during the German DFB Pokal  match between Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen at the Signal Iduna Park on February 5, 2019 in Dortmund Germany

Philipp had a solid first year at Dortmund, scoring nine times in 20 games.

This season he has struggled for game time. He has only two goals in 18 appearances.

Sporadic starts and Reus' form has not helped, and it's a long shot to suggest he would be a regular starter in Spurs' side if he joined them instead.

Tottenham won't be regretting not signing him... providing he does not produce a game changing performance at Wembley tonight.

 

Maximilian Philipp #20 of Borussia Dortmund battle for possession with Ludwig Augustinsson of Bremen during the DFB Cup match between Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna...

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