Lewis Cook was reportedly a £30m transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window that ended up fruitless.
Reports have also suggested that Mauricio Pochettino is ready to return for the Bournemouth midfielder in the January window as his side look for increased squad depth in a season that has seen Spurs struggle badly with fatigue.
It is easy to see why Daniel Levy would have his eye on young English talent from a business perspective and Pochettino has proved himself extremely adept at developing those young Lions during his time in north London.
One more recent example of Pochettino’s successful coaching methods is Harry Winks, who has recovered from some rotten luck with injuries to become a key part of England’s post-World Cup progression.
Cook is a player with a very similar profile to Winks; a young, diminutive English ball-player who still has plenty of room to develop.
So would the two of them develop together at Tottenham? Pochettino generally prefers energy in his midfield, but Winks and Cook could co-exist together and shine.
With Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele struggling for fitness, the Argentine could take his midfield in a more technical direction, and both Cook and Winks could form part of that.
Getting them both gametime in the same squad could be an issue, but perhaps the competition for places would spur both men on.