There is little doubt which two teams have stolen the show from Champions League matchweek one. Perhaps inspired by Ajax’s success last season, Austrian and Croatian sides Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb have certainly set down an early marker.
Salzburg beat Genk 6-2, whilst Zagreb, perhaps even more impressively, downed Serie A side Atalanta 4-0.
It was not such a successful start to the campaign for Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in Greece. It was a disjointed display as Tottenham’s clear transitional period continued.
Tottenham need to continue looking for potential new recruits. With Christian Eriksen’s future still in doubt and the club still short in attacking options, Tottenham might be right to continue tracking two players who shone for the Champions League minnows this week.
Hwang Hee-chan’s energetic performance for Salzburg was rewarded with the man-of-the-match reward, despite Erling Braut Haaland’s hat-trick. Dani Olmo’s sublime playmaking against Atalanta was the reason behind Dinamo’s sensational win.
Both players have been linked with Tottenham before.
Last summer Standard Sport reported that South Korean star Hwang had caught the eye of Tottenham on the Austrian club’s run to the Europa League semi-finals. It was suggested he had struck up a friendship with Tottenham fan favourite Heung-min Son and was interested in heading to Tottenham.
TBR recently highlighted his injury struggles on loan at Hamburg last season but pointed out his sublime start to the new season as a reason for Tottenham to renew their interest.
Spanish publication Sport suggested that Tottenham were willing to spend up to £36 million on Olmo this summer after his sensational performances at the European Under-21 Championships. Football.London later reported that Tottenham were ‘not currently’ interested in signing Olmo.
But he stayed with the Croatian side and looks like a perfect long-term replacement for the Eriksen.
Tottenham are likely to be scouting a heap of talented players across Europe. This duo is still likely to be on those reports, considering the previous links to their potential signatures.
This week they showed what they can provide in the Champions League as Tottenham struggled to find an extra gear in Greece.
If they can continue to do so, Tottenham would be right to swoop on the young pair next summer.