Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a host of names in January. Some were absurd, step up Andy Carroll, whilst others made more sense. One of the latter was Barcelona’s Malcom.
The Brazilian had been linked to Tottenham in the summer, prior to his big move to Barcelona from Bordeaux.
As reported by the London Evening Standard last month, Spurs ‘discussed the possibility’ of revisiting their previous interest in the player. The Independent, however, suggested that his apparent €44 million (£38.7 million) price-tag made him unattainable in January.
The reason why Spurs were seemingly keen again revolved around Malcom’s struggles at the Nou Camp. The Brazilian has hardly managed to secure a first-team place with the Catalan giants.
But last night, he showcased what he can bring to the party.
The 21-year-old proved to be the home hero as Barcelona drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in a Copa del Rey El Clasico fixture.
Real Madrid had taken an early 1-0 lead through Lucas Vazquez. But Malcom scored the crucial equaliser. He was first on the scene from Luis Suarez’s acute effort which had rebounded off the post. The Brazilian composed himself before firing home with his favoured left-foot.
It was his third goal for the club and he will now hope to get more regular playing time before the end of the season.
If not, then Tottenham will surely have to consider another approach in the summer.