Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela (L) vies with Aston Villa's John McGinn
These last few weeks have arguably been the most difficult during Mauricio Pochettino's reign at Tottenham Hotspur, as many are questioning whether he will still be at the club by the time the final ball is kicked this season, or even by the end of the year.
There have been a number of big and well-known names who have been touted to be Pochettino's replacement if he does decide to walk away from the current troubles he is facing in North London.
Here we take a look at three players, Howe should sign if the scenario of him walking the touchline of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium does occur:
Ricardo Pereira - One weak point in Tottenham's starting XI is their right-back area. The fact that Moussa Sissoko is being asked to play in that position says a lot. Leicester City's flying fullbacks Pereira is arguably the best right-back outside of the top-six.
He has started the season in tremendous fashion and the energy he brings to the team would be ideal for Spurs. Not only that, he is a typical modern-day fullback, who can cause havoc to opposition defences, but equally, remain solid in defence.
Nathan Ake - This could be the most logical one out of the three because Ake is currently working with Howe at Bournemouth, he was linked with Spurs in the summer [L'Equipe], and given Tottenham's current problems at the back, they may just move for a player like him. Ake has the ability to bring the ball out from the back, play in a back four, back three or even move to left-back if need be.
John McGinn - Since Villa's promotion to the Premier League, McGinn has been Dean Smith's standout player in the middle of the park. He was Villa's Player of the Year last season, both with the supporters and his fellow teamates, and he has taken that form into England's top-flight.
Once again, there is uncertainty surrounding a number of midfield players at Spurs, so a player like McGinn would be more than useful in the middle of the park. He scored against Spurs on the opening day and has since netted against Arsenal and Burnley.
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