Victor Wanyama has been linked with a move from Southampton to Tottenham for the past two years and this summer Spurs are reportedly closer than ever.
The Kenyan midfielder was fantastic for the Saints last season in his role just in front of the defence and he is keen to re-join former manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
However, much of the first choice midfield at Spurs were in fantastic form in their unlikely title challenge, and it is questionable whether Wanyama would be a sensible investment as the Southampton board are sure to demand a sizeable fee.
Here we compare Spurs’ current midfield to 24-year-old Wanyama.
There’s no doubt that Wanyama provides a physical presence in the centre of midfield and a willingness to defend. He would give Spurs a midfielder who is able to break up play and launch counter-attacks but is this something they don’t already have?
Eric Dier in his new defensive midfield position provides an ability to tackle and find a quick pass.
Another player who was vital for Tottenham last season was Mousa Dembele. The Belgians’ importance was underlined towards the end of the season as Spurs surrendered second place to North London rivals, Arsenal.
Dembele received a six-game suspension in their game against Chelsea and their season collapsed from then on, as the unthinkable happened when they slipped below Arsenal.
Wanyama is a talented defensive midfielder who Pochettino knows is capable of providing more steel to the Spurs team.
In Spurs’ game against Chelsea, Eden Hazard scored the goal that gave the title to Leicester City. The story of the night was both the title win for the Foxes but also the battle on the pitch. Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli were all diving into rash challenges as they watched their title dreams slip away.
Spurs’ midfield lost their heads in that game, perhaps largely to the youthful core in the squad.
If it is a cool head in midfield that Pochettino is seeking then Wanyama certainly isn’t the right choice.
The former Celtic man picked up three red cards last season due a series of rash challenges, which saw him suspended for five matches as punishment.
Despite being just 22 years old, Dier shows a level of maturity in his defending and marking duties.
Wanyama is unlikely to come in and replace fan-favourite, Dier but perhaps could be paired with him in front of the Spurs defence.
With Champions League football coming to White Hart Lane next season, Pochettino will want some experience amongst his young squad.
The likes or Dier, Alli and Kane who were so important for Spurs last season, have never played amongst Europe’s elite and despite being 24, Wanyama has more experience of the competition than most in the current Spurs squad.
Celtic’s Champions League campaigns were usually short-lived but they still faced teams such as Barcelona, with Wanyama producing some mighty performances in Glasgow, which resulted in Premier League clubs taking
Pochettino may see the Kenyan as a useful player to have for the tournament, as they are likely to need to set up more defensively than they do in the Premier League.
More Cover For Injuries
Spurs were reasonably unaffected by injuries last season but their squad begins to look quite thin if a few players did pick up knocks.
Players such as Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb do not possess the ability to perform at the highest level. Wanyama going to Spurs would allow Dembele to be able to push up into a more attacking role, should the attacking trio of Erik Lamela, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen pick up knocks.
It is fair to say that the biggest positive that signing Wanyama would bring is his experience in the Champions League.
The attacking, full- throttle style of the Premier League is a dangerous one to adopt in the Champions League.
Teams such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona have the ability to pick teams off but starting Wanyama with Dier would give the Spurs defence some much-needed extra cover.
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Keanan Bennetts has perfect opportunity to impress Mauricio Pochettino this week
The left-sided star has a chance to impress in first-team training during the international break.
With the international week in full flow, plenty of teams in the Premier League have seen their squads diminished by call-ups to national teams.
Tottenham Hotspur are one such side. Nonetheless, with most of the first-team squad away with their respective nations, work continues at Hotspur Way.
In order for Spurs to have a full complement in training, plenty of young talent needs to be pulled in to the ranks.
Mauricio Pochettino will, therefore,e get a chance to see some of his young players training with regular first-team players such as Fernando Llorente, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura.
One player who will be training with the first-team this week is talented wide-man Keanan Bennetts, according to London Live.
The 19-year-old left-winger has been catching the eye for the club’s youth team in recent weeks, making the news after scoring a fantastic goal for the under-19s against Monaco in the UEFA Youth League last month.
Bennetts has also been attracting interest for his positional dexterity. The wide-man has played at left-back in recent times and it could be that is his future best position.
This week he will be up against some excellent players such as Lamela and Moura, who did not receive selection to the Argentina and Brazil national teams, respectively.
If he can prove himself with this calibre of player, Pochettino will have to take notice.
It is coming to a point in his Tottenham career when Bennetts has to make such an impact. The teenager is out of contract at Spurs in the summer and needs to ensure he is kept on for at least one more season.
Tottenham fans who follow the youth teams are certain he is deserving of such a chance. If he can show Pochettino what he is capable of this week, then a new deal will surely be in the pipeline for the talented wide-man.
Is Juan Foyth a ready-made replacement for Toby Alderweireld?
The Argentine youngster joined Tottenham Hotspur from Estudiantes last summer.
According to reports in Belgium this week, Tottenham Hotspur have given up hope of keeping Toby Alderweireld.
HLN has reported Spurs have accepted defeat in trying to convince the Belgian of signing a new deal after failing to agree on wages.
Therefore, Tottenham will sell the 29-year-old this summer, with £43 million the asking price.
Tottenham could be looking for a new signing in the summer to replace him, but rather than spending big on a new recruit, they should instead give a chance to someone already at the club.
The player in question is Argentine defender Juan Foyth.
Spurs brought in the young defender from Estudiantes last summer for a fee reported to be in the region of £10 million by ESPN.
His signature was heralded as a success for the London outfit after the Times had reported PSG had instead got the youngster.
Foyth has played just eight times for Tottenham this season, with none of those appearances coming in the Premier League.
But at just 20-years-old and new to English football, that was to be expected.
Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a huge fan of his countryman and Foyth has impressed in the FA Cup this season.
As a ball playing centre-half he is the type of player Tottenham want at the back to take the team into the future.
With Alderweireld gone, Tottenham will be short a defensive option.
Jan Vertonghen will be the pillar in the centre of defence, with Davinson Sanchez an impressive talent alongside him.
Eric Dier’s versatility makes him an option. Foyth would then argue the case that he is next in line and deserves a shot at establishing himself in the Tottenham first-team.
It is certainly a possibility.
Tottenham also have highly-rated American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers out on loan at Ipswich Town, who could take Foyth’s place as fifth-in-line, if Tottenham give the Argentine his chance.
The likelihood is that Spurs will bring in a new recruit to replace Alderweireld. Perhaps a player with more experience will instead be pursued.
Foyth has not yet proved himself in the Premier League, so laying it on the line for him next season would be a massive risk by Pochettino and Tottenham.
But there is certainly a chance that the £10 million youngster could take Alderweireld’s place next season.
Clement Lenglet is the perfect replacement for Toby Alderweireld
The French defender has been in fine form for Sevilla.
When Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla last week, plenty of the La Liga side’s players put in heroic displays.
Wissam Ben Yedder, the goalscorer of both Sevilla’s goals on the night received the highest praise. However, it was defender Clement Lenglet who deserved the biggest plaudits.
The 22-year-old did a wonderful job of shackling Romelu Lukaku for most of the game, putting in a brave and assured performance at centre-back.
It was a display that undoubtedly won him some fans, and Tottenham Hotspur should be one of them.
It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham will lose Toby Alderweireld in the summer.
HLN in Belgium reported this week that Spurs have ended contract talks with the Belgian and are prepared to sell him for £43 million.
Tottenham, therefore, have a potential gap in the centre-back position.
Lenglet is the perfect option. Not only is he good enough, as he proved by United last week, but he fits the profile of a Tottenham signing.
The Sevilla defender is just 22 years of age and has years ahead of him to develop. Then, there is his release clause.
According to a recent report from Diario AS, the Frenchman has a release clause of just €30 million (£26.2 million).
Such a fee for a player of his talent and his age would amount to daylight robbery.
Lenglet, who only joined Sevilla from Nancy last summer, would be the perfect option for Spurs to replace Alderweireld.
He could rotate with fellow young talent Davinson Sanchez playing alongside the more experienced Jan Vertonghen in defence.
With a Frenchman behind him in Hugo Lloris and French speaker in Vertonghen, he would not have to worry much about the language barrier just yet.
Strong, fast, capable on the ball and a raw talent he is exactly the sort of player Mauricio Pochettino could mould into a future Tottenham star.
Alderweireld’s exit will no doubt be a shame for Tottenham.
Nonetheless, if they can bring in Lenglet for £17 million less than they sell the Belgian for, the club will have pulled off a masterstroke.
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