Eintracht Frankfurt star Daichi Kamada has blamed the covid crisis after missing out on a summer move to Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, speaking to BILD.
If you thought Southampton or Leicester City have a track record when it comes to selling star players, spare a thought for Frankfurt.
As Andre Silva packed his bags and headed to the Red Bull Arena during the summer, joining Leipzig just weeks after becoming the first Eintracht player to score more than 26 Bundesliga goals in a single season, he continued a trend that has been going on for years.
It was Ante Rebic in 2020. Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller in 2019. Kevin Trapp and Omar Mascarell too.
And, if it wasn’t for that pesky pandemic, Japan international Kamada might have followed Haller and co out of the door with BILD reporting early in the transfer window Spurs were weighing up a bid for the £26 million-rated schemer.
Would Daichi Kamada have solved Tottenham’s creativity problems?
“My agent held many talks,” explains Kamada, who shot to fame with two goals as Frankfurt stunned Arsenal at the Emirates to put Unai Emery out of a job in November 2019.
“But (securing a move) was difficult due to corona. Now, it’s clear I’m staying and I’m focusing 100 per cent on Eintracht.”
Talk about papering over the cracks.
Three successive 1-0 wins to begin the Nuno Espirito Santo era preceded a thumping 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace – a game in which Spurs had just two shots on goal – and a fortunate 2-2 draw with Rennes in the UEFA Conference League last night.
Unless Nuno can coax that mercurial brilliance out of the enigmatic Tanguy Ndombele on a regular basis, a lack of creativity and cutting edge in midfield will continue to hold this Tottenham side back.
And you have to wonder whether Kamada, five goals and 15 assists last season, could have provided a silver bullet solution to that particular problem.