Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana in the summer with his Anfield contract due to expire in June – and Mauricio Pochettino inadvertently gave Lallana a ringing endorsement in 2019.
The Telegraph claim Tottenham are one of four Premier League clubs interested in landing 31-year-old Lallana, who has clocked up 175 appearances for Liverpool since joining the club in 2014 for £25million (BBC) from Southampton.
West Ham United and Arsenal are also looking to nab Lallana’s signature, while Brendan Rodgers wants to sign the 34-time England international for a second time – after luring him to Liverpool from Southampton six years ago.
Rewind less than a year to March 2019, and in an interview with Joe, former Spurs boss Pochettino discussed his first impressed of Lallana – claiming he was “so professional” during their time together at Southampton.
“When we arrived there, we watched all the analysis videos of him and it was ‘phwoar! What a player’,” Pochettino said. “He was so professional. Adam was our best player that season [2013-14].”
TBR’s view – Lallana would be a stunning signing for Tottenham
Given he has entered his thirties, Lallana has lost a yard of pace but that was never one of his strong points. Indeed, the versatile midfielder’s footballing intelligence and quick thinking is what makes him stand out as one of England’s best playmakers.
On a free transfer, Spurs would be signing a top, top player and although it goes against their ethos of signing young, Lallana would be the ideal replacement for Christian Eriksen over the next couple of years. Pochettino’s comments prove just that.