“He’s my enemy”, Mauricio Pochettino claimed – as per TalkSPORT – when discussing Barcelona legend Xavi while still in the Tottenham Hotspur job back in 2017. But now, surely Xavi is the ideal candidate to take Spurs forward?
Although only a fortnight since Daniel Levy gave Jose Mourinho the boot, Spurs have already suffered numerous blows in their pursuits of reported managerial targets. Julian Nagelsmann has joined Bayern Munich from Leipzig.
His replacement at Leipzig, Jesse Marsch, was also linked with Spurs. Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag has signed a new contract after winning the Eredivisie, while Maurizio Sarri looks set to replace Paulo Fonseca at Roma this summer.
So, Spurs need to look further afield. Ryan Mason continues to fill the void well and there is a sense of good will around Tottenham. One thing Mason’s time in charge has brought to light, is the need for an attacking manager.
Gareth Bale has scored four goals in his two Premier League games, and Bale has been quick to aim digs at Mourinho’s defensive style of play in post-match press conferences. If Spurs want Bale, an attacking boss is needed.
Look no further than Xavi. The Barca icon has just won the Qatari Stars League title, as well as the Cup – with Santi Cazorla shining for his side. He has incredible stats of a whopping 57 wins in just 92 games, a win rate of 62%.
Yes, it is still very early for the 41-year-old in terms of managerial experience. He has been excellent during his two-year stint in the middle east, but question marks should rightly be raised about his lack of know how in Europe.
But to counter that, look at Steven Gerrard at Rangers, look at Nagelsmann, look at Frank Lampard at Chelsea – these young managers were all given a chance at big clubs and with the right philosophy, they have done well.
Xavi is an attacking manager and has seen his side score 224 goals in his 92 games, around 2.5 a game. Spurs need a manager to give Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Bale freedom and at 41, the Spaniard is perfect for Daniel Levy.