Tottenham Hotspur may not be inundated with natural wingers at the moment, but it looks as though they saved themselves a lot of money missing out on Keita Balde.
Spurs were linked with the Senegalese winger last summer before his move from Lazio to AS Monaco, with Mauricio Pochettino admitting in September that he was interested in signing Balde.
Balde joined the French side for a reported €30 million after they won Ligue 1.
He spent one average campaign there, before joining Internazionale on loan for the current campaign.
And it hasn’t been a good move for him so far.
Spurs may have missed out on a dud
Balde isn’t making the most of his return to Serie A at the moment.
He’s made 10 league appearances so far, but only three of those have been starts, with Matteo Politano and Ivan Perisic the preferred wingers for Luciano Spalletti.
Balde has produced very little. In terms of statistics he’s managed just one assist so far.
He looks a little out of his depth at the moment, and it suggests Pochettino might have got away with not signing him a year so.
He also made little impact off the bench for Inter against Spurs in the Champions League back in September.
Had Spurs landed the Spanish-born attacker, who knows how Lucas Moura, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela would have been affected.
All three have benefitted from more game time this season, with Moura and Lamela in particular building good momentum in parts.