Much of this seasons success has been built on the midfield trinity of Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier and Dele Alli. Dier provides the protection, Dembele the transition and Alli the flair. When all three are playing Tottenham dominate, remove one of them however and midfield machine becomes broken.
Despite having depth on paper, those who have been tasked with filling in when one or more of these players have been unavailable this year have not been up to par. Tom Carroll has looked lightweight, Ryan Mason out of his depth technically, whilst Nabil Bentaleb has fallen off the face of the earth entirely.
That being said. Let’s take a look at 5 players who Tottenham could potentially bring in this summer, to make sure the midfield runs smoothly no matter the personnel.
These days at Portuguese giant’s Porto, it’s teenage sensation Ruben Neves stealing most of the headlines in midfield. However, playing alongside him is Mexican International Hector Herrera. Signed from Pachuca in his home country in 2013, Herrera has gone strength to strength since arriving at the Estadio do Dragao.
The definition of a box-to-box midfielder, the Mexican is comfortable at either end of the pitch. Excellent in transition, Herrera is Porto’s best asset at turning defence into attack, as evidenced by his impressive tally of 9 goals and 4 assist this season.
The midfielder wouldn’t come cheap, as Porto have insisted he won’t go for anything less than his 40m Euro release clause. However with Champions League football coming back to Tottenham, that kind of fee for a player who would drastically improve Spurs’ midfield may not be wholly unrealistic.
At 25 years of age, the German-born Italian International Roberto Soriano has come to prominence fairly late. Despite earning an Italy call up toward the end of 2014, it’s only really in the last 12 months that the Sampdoria midfielder has really made his mark on Serie A.
Always a diligent worker and possessing excellent technique, it has been this season that the Ex-Bayern youth player has put his skills together. Chipping in with a very respectable 8 goals and 3 assist from central midfield, Soriano has stepped up to be the leading man for La Samp.
As Sampdoria’s other star man Eder left for Inter Milan, it has been Soriano who has stepped up to shoulder the responsibility. Soriano would bring goals and technically ability to Spurs’ midfield. However, any club interested will have to move quickly as the Italy international is available for just £10million after a late move to Napoli fell through last summer. He’s expected to move, could Spurs be a possible destination?
There was a reason Manchester City wanted to bring Delph to the Etihad, and there is a reason that Aston Villa have struggled so alarmingly badly without him in midfield. Despite injuries and an inability to displace City’s big name stars in Fernandinho and Yaya Toure, the England international remains an excellent player at Premier League level.
Possessing the ability to shift through the gears and slalom from defence into attack much the same way our own Moussa Dembele does, Delph loves to drive his team forward from deep. With a wicked left footed shot to boot, the ex-Villa man has been unfortunately unutilised by a City team that has a poor record with English players.
With new manager Pep Guardiola coming in, Delph may find himself out of place under a manager who favours technical midfielders over athletic ones. At only 26 years of age and possibly surplus to requirements at City, Delph could be a good option for Tottenham to pick up in the summer.
Johannes Geis only moved to Schalke a year ago but the German youngster may be outgrowing the Bundesliga outfit already. Signed from fellow Bundesliga club Mainz 05, the 22-year old has not shied away from responsibility so far in his career.
Playing both destroyer and dictator for Mainz, Geis has gone to assume that same role for Schalke. Also however the young midfielder has added a level of creativity to his game. Providing 8 assists alongside 4 goals from a deep position this season.
Schalke would be loath to lose a bright young talent they only acquired last summer, however the German club have sold to Spurs before in a deal that saw Lewis Holtby come to the Lane. Unlikely to come cheap, but the German Under-21 star would prove to be stiff competition for Eric Dier if a move were to happen.
From one German youngster to another, Syrian-born German youth international Mahmoud Dahoud has enjoyed a breakthrough year in this seasons Bundesliga. Playing at the centre of Borrusia Monchengladbach’s midfield, the 20-year old has performed a variety of roles all to a high degree.
These performances have reportedly caught the eye of Pochettino as Spurs have been credited with an interest. Dahoud is capable of playing from deep as a playmaker or further forward as No. 10, and would offer Spurs a variety of options tactically and off the bench.
Contributing 5 goals and 9 assist at just 20 years of age this season, highlights the enormous potential Dahoud has, and if Spurs were to move, now would be the time.
Written by Josh Smith
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