Tottenham lost out the English Premier League title to a fearless, exuberant team full of belief. They too full of the same things just couldn’t get it done, but to do so, they need to be aggressive. Mateo Kovacic, Sofaine Feghouli and Michael Carrick could help them be that.
Tottenham have been perennial round-about in English Football. For so long, they were round-about the Champions League spots, but they could never been consistent enough to be there every year. Then they made a statement. They sold their best player in Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and went on a spending spree. It didn’t work so well, but now, having been pipped at the post by Leicester, relatively speaking (They’ll want to forget the 5-1 loss to Newcastle), they need to make another statement. If they do, whilst keeping their squad of this year around, they will be there, or there about’s again next season.
Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid)
Their first target should be Mateo Kovacic, the Croatian midfielder who has slowly become a fixture at Real Madrid posses the rare blend of skill, speed and strength that midfielders need in the English Premier League. He would bring a stability and creativity that they lacked late in games.
Sofaine Feghouli (Valencia, Free Agent)
Feghouli, the Algerian winger for Valencia is coming off contract and is, much like Kovacic a player who can bring both stability and creativity to any team he walks into. A natural winger who is so defensively capable, he has been used as a stopper on occasions this season, he has a calmness both in transition and with the ball at his feet that was lacking for the Spurs late on in key games down the stretch. Whilst able to play on the defensive side of the ball, he is extremely capable of playing forward, on the counter, one on one or in a full press situation. Also able to play any dead-ball situation, Feghouli is a multi-faceted asset to any team, and a well-rounded danger to any that have to deal with him.
Michael Carrick (Man United, Free Agent)
Michael Carrick, the 34 year old midfield stalwart who left Tottenham for Manchester United ten years ago. A strong body and a calming influence, whilst on in age, he still has the ability to play. Granted, he won’t usurp the likes of Eric Dier from the starting XI, but his ability to calm the play down at key moments will be a massive incentive for the Spurs to look at him seriously. As is his uncanny ability to play the final ball through the lines at get the striker in on goal. Clearly Tottenham’s issue this year wasn’t scoring goals, but stopping them. With Carrick around, he gives them the ability to contribute to both areas.
Transfers are often fraught with issues such as price disagreement and injuries, but should everything be amicable, these three players should be seriously considered if Tottenham want to go one step further.