In the summer of 2016, Bournemouth won the race to sign French youth international Lys Mousset. The report, from The Mirror, suggested that Bournemouth had beaten a host of clubs to snap up the talented attacker from Le Havre in a £5.4 million.
One of those clubs was, reportedly, Tottenham Hotspur. The player himself confirmed that Spurs were keen on his services. Torino, CSKA Moscow and Sevilla were also keen on the player but Mousset explained to the Daily Echo that Bournemouth was the right choice.
“I had a fair amount of offers, from Torino, CSKA Moscow, Tottenham and Sevilla but I felt Bournemouth (was the right club) as they were the club that were rising in terms of strength and wanted to progress.
“I think that I will adapt quickly (to the Premier League). At Bournemouth, there is a desire for me to progress.”
After yesterday, it would appear Tottenham are fine without him.
Spurs thrashed Bournemouth 5-0 at Wembley on Boxing Day. Mousset featured in the match, his 14th appearance for the Cherries this season.
But his career has not progressed as he would have wanted at Dean Court.
Mousset has not started a single league game for Bournemouth this season. In his time with the club, he has started just seven times for Bournemouth and has just four goals in a total of 57 games.
Tottenham Hotspur are always looking for top young talent and Mousset appeared to fit that bill. But judging on his minimal impact at Bournemouth, it would appear this was not a talent Tottenham desperately needed.