In the summer, Tottenham were strongly linked with a move for then Bordeaux forward Malcom, who went on to sign for Barcelona later on in the summer. In midweek, the wideman was expected to face Spurs but has now been ruled out by an ankle injury.
The Brazilian joined Barcelona for a fee that The Guardian claim to be £36.5 million and Spanish newspaper SPORT even went on to claim in October that he could return to Mauricio Pochettino’s radar in January for £44 million after struggling to settle in Spain.
That’s evident as he has made just one La Liga start in his first few months at Camp Nou and has repeatedly been struck down by injury with this ankle problem being the latest.
With Heung Min Son shining at Wembley and the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli excelling when forced wider than they are used to, it seems that Tottenham were justified in not spending the £36.5 million he could have cost in the summer.
Spurs were criticised by many for failing to dip into the transfer market before the deadline in early August but when the alternative were signings like Malcom, Daniel Levy and co. will feel that they made the right decision.
On Tuesday, Malcom could have been playing to send Tottenham through to the knock-out rounds of the Champions League. Instead, he’ll watch his already qualified team-mates from the stands.