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Spending £52m on Cengiz Under would be a massive misplacement of Tottenham investment

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Spending £52m on Cengiz Under would be a massive misplacement of Tottenham investment

The Turkish star is simply not a player Tottenham currently need.

This week has seen Tottenham Hotspur continue to be linked with the signature of Turkish winger Cengiz Under. The 21-year-old has been in great form for AS Roma since joining the club from Basaksehir in 2017.

Turkish source Aksam has recently suggested that Spurs are willing to pay around £52 million for the talented attacker.

ESPN has confirmed that Under would be keen on a move to England should he leave Roma, although no deal will be done until the summer.

Under is in fine form. The man signed to replace Mohamed Salah has three goals and five assists from 13 games so far this season.

KHARKOV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 21: Cengiz Under of AS Roma celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Shakhtar Donetsk and AS Roma at Metalist Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Kharkov, Ukraine. (Photo by Joosep Martinson – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Tottenham would be investing a club record amount if they did sign Under, so it would certainly be a big deal.

 

However, it would seem an unnecessary purchase. Tottenham need to invest in the first-team squad. However, there are many more pressing issues at play. A new goalkeeper is looking necessary whilst a need for a new centre-back is also clear. With Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama’s futures in doubt, Tottenham need to invest heavily in central midfield. A proper back-up to Harry Kane is also necessary.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have Heung-min Son, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura all capable in Under’s position. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen can also play the role.

It is the one area Tottenham seem strong so to invest a massive amount of their budget on another would seem counter-intuitive.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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