Danny Murphy is not surprised to see Tottenham Hotspur show an interest in Graham Potter, comparing the Brighton and Hove Albion boss with Mauricio Pochettino on talkSPORT.
Seven years ago, chairman Daniel Levy handed the keys to the Spurs machine over to a promising young manager who had pulled up plenty of trees on the South Coast with his exciting brand of football and a penchant for developing young talent.
The similarities between Pochettino and Potter, then, are clear to see.
Like the former Southampton boss, 43-year-old Potter ticks a lot of boxes for Levy. Especially given that the Tottenham boss has his heart set on replacing Jose Mourinho with a forward-thinking, up-and-coming tactician capable of getting the best out of the club’s vast array of fresh-faced prospects.
“I understand (why Spurs would want Potter) because of the way Brighton play,” said Murphy, the former Tottenham midfielder.
“Similarly we were talking off air about when Tottenham brought in Pochettino. He’d only been at Southampton for five minutes before they took him.
“So they could go down that route again. It might surprise one or two.
“Tottenham fans generally want someone who has been there and done it before, but they’ve just gone down that road and it didn’t work.
“So I’m not surprised he (Potter) is linked with the job, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
The Mail reported earlier this week that Steve Hitchin, Spurs’ technical director, is a big fan of Potter.
With Erik Ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers, Julian Nagelsmann, Jesse Marsch and Marcelino Garcia Toral now out of contention, it seems eminently possible that Tottenham could now turn to a promising, homegrown coach – one who has transformed unfashionable Brighton into one of England’s most watchable sides.