As the transfer window deadline looms near, Ross Barkley could be on his way to London. However, his destination is not yet clear with both Chelsea and Tottenham interested. Sky Sports reporter James Weir told the TV station’s deadline day live feed this morning:
“Chelsea are favourites for Ross Barkley but we understand he’s desperate to work with Mauricio Pochettino.”
The pulling power of Pochettino could be an intriguing factor in the deal, with the Argentinean manager having developed a reputation for getting the best out of young players such as Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, helping to propel them to stardom from obscurity.
Pochettino’s plan for Barkley is clear. In a perhaps unexpected move, the Spurs boss is likely to move Barkley to a deeper role if he is successful in signing the Everton man as journalist Matt Hughes has previously written in The Times, saying:
“Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign Ross Barkley for Tottenham Hotspur this summer in the belief that he can convert the England player into a central midfielder. The Tottenham manager has identified the Everton midfielder as a potential long-term replacement for Mousa Dembélé as he fears that the Belgian will struggle to play at the highest level beyond his early thirties.”
That could be a challenge for Barkley. Until now, he has been deployed in an advanced role which has seen him creating and scoring opportunities, but he has often struggled for consistency.
Such a move into a deeper role, may still allow him the opportunity to be creative and capitalise on his impressive vision and range of passing. However, it could also help him to produce more consistent displays and become a regular at Premier League level for club, and possibly even country.
It may not be the most attractive proposition to a goalscorer like Barkley, but he will be well aware of the fact that Pochettino knows what he’s doing. If he can help Barkley fulfill his undoubted potential, then bringing him to Tottenham could turn out to be an inspired signing.