Tottenham: Target considers leaving Madrid; Alli voted best youngster; Edwards scored for England
The international break means time for transfer title-tattle to re surface, and Spurs’ long-time target Isco has been talking about leaving Real Madrid. Mauricio Pochettino is very keen on the Spanish midfielder, who has made just four La Liga appearances this season under Zinedine Zidane. Spurs tried to secure his services on loan move late in the summer transfer window, with Manchester United also interested in the player. Isco is only 24, and joined Real in 2013 but has since seen his first-team opportunities at the Bernabeu dwindle. Nevertheless, he is still very highly regarded across Europe and bringing him to White Hart Lane would be a real coup for Spurs. Quoted in the Daily Express, Isco said:
“If I’ve still only made a few appearances by the end of the season, I’ll look elsewhere,” said Isco.
“At 24 years of age I have to right to better myself.”
Pochettino’s Spurs side have been one of the best units in the Premier League over the last 12 months, and have the best defensive record in the top flight so far this season. However, to take the next step in their development one feels they need an extra bit of flair and class in the final third. Tottenham drew 13 league matches last season, and lost home matches against Leicester, Newcastle and Southampton as well as a damaging draw with West Brom at White Hart Lane. Ultimately these results cost them in their quest to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years, and perhaps even the league title itself. If Spurs could add some extra guile and incision to turn these draws into wins, they will be a real force. They have shown that they can match any of the other big teams, but they must put lesser sides to the sword with greater efficiency.
Elsewhere, Four Four Two Magazine have voted Dele Alli the best under 21 player in the world ahead of Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches. Alli joined Spurs for only £5 million from League One MK Dons last summer but has already established himself as a regular for club and country. The Englishman scored 10 league goals last season and seems to have nailed down the number 10 shirt for the national team as well. Spurs managed to get through the summer without any suitors circling around Alli, but they may well have a fight to keep him in the future.
Finally, 17-year-old Tottenham starlet Marcus Edwards got on the scoresheet for England Under 19s in their 2-1 victory over Bulgaria on Monday night. Edwards made his Spurs debut in the EFL Cup against Gillingham last month and has been lauded by those in Spurs circles. Les Ferdinand has talked up his qualities and Pochettino has compared his dribbling style to a young Lionel Messi. With a stadium move looming, the club might have to rely on their own reserves of young players should budgets have to be squeezed.
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