Reports this week have suggested that Tottenham missed out on signing now Leicester City defender, Wesley Fofana, in the summer.
ESPN revealed in midweek that Jose Mourinho was in the hunt to land Fofana, before the Foxes stole a march on their Premier League rivals due to their relationships in France.
Fofana has, as we all know, gone on to become a star in England. His performances for Leicester have shot them into the Premier League title picture and at around £36m (BBC), the signing looks like a real bargain.
For Tottenham, then, it looks like this is a case of what might have been. Missing out on someone like Fofana, at the time, probably wouldn’t have seemed too big a blow.
But given the position both clubs now find themselves in in fighting for the top four, Mourinho will surely be looking on with a bit of a grimace as he watches Fofana flourish.
What makes missing out on Fofana all the worse for Spurs is the fact that they are seemingly in the hunt for a new defender again.
Trust seems to have evaporated in Davinson Sanchez, while Joe Rodon is still young and learning his trade after coming from the Championship with Swansea.
Landing Fofana in the summer would have eliminated this sudden need to sign a new centre-half. Further, some of the names being linked like Milan Skriniar, for example, will cost even more than Fofana did.
Of course, it’s easy to look back and say a club should have signed someone who is doing well now. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
But this one will sting a bit and, come the end of the season, might just prove to be the difference between Spurs and Leicester in the hunt for Champions League football.