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Tottenham Hotspur fans are the happiest bunch of all right now, aren’t they?
Top of the league. Harry Kane arguably plays in the way of his life. Son Heung-Min is doing what he normally does. Gareth Bale enjoys his football again. There is a pleasant atmosphere throughout the club.
Who needs a January transfer window? And yet, with the transfer window less than a month short, the Spurs could be involved in some business.
Gedson Fernandes has been a huge failure and the club could decide to send him back to Benfica. Dele Alli has fought for matches and the England international could look to explore opportunities elsewhere.
There could also be potential arrivals, with David Ornstein of Athletic stating that Spurs are one of the clubs interested in signing Dominik Szoboszlai.
The 20-year-old is a prodigiously gifted talent and has a 25 million euro release clause in his contract. The Red Bull Salzburg playmaker is seen as one of the most exciting youngsters in world football, and he’s been very impressive this season too.
I wrote about its qualities and contractual situation (read here), so I will not repeat the same. Rather, let’s take a look at what Spurs fans are saying about him on Twitter:
I mean … so many spells against this.
Loss of 63m at the club. It could be up to 150m before it ends.
Dude is LM, not a number 10, so he was behind Son and Bergy.
It’s not homegrown so it wouldn’t even go into the uel without us leaving someone.
The first prio is CB.
I do not think so.
– Spurs International (@simonyemane) December 7, 2020
Exaggerated. We need the finished item to start earning trophies.
– J (@ N17Yids_) December 7, 2020
For the way he plays for this price, we should definitely do it despite a bunch of other class teams coming after him.
– Jez🇬🇭 #BLM (@Ygjez) December 7, 2020
Must be paid in full, that’s not a deal tax type to be honest
– Matheus Damas (@matheusdamas__) December 7, 2020
Do it. The guy is a real ball player.
Hungarian name pronounced phonetically “Sob-oz-lie”
– James (@ jamesbradley59) December 7, 2020
Buy it tax man. This type is of absolute quality.
– george doucanaris (@kokosd) December 7, 2020
Honestly, he’s crazy. It would make us a set piece threat. I watch it week after week and it’s phenomenal. Composed on the ball, always with an eye on the forward. I’d love him at Spurs especially at that price. Get it done @Levy
– Mario ♛ (@noTaiGaa) December 7, 2020
Good signing for the Spurs?
Frankly, this is risky. Financial part aside, which I think would be a problem, seriously, do you expect Levy to just agree to pay £ 22 million for a hitherto untested child without trying to cut the fee? – There are other issues the Spurs need to consider.
He’s definitely a quality player, but is that what the Spurs need right now? With or without Alli, the Spurs have a host of offensive midfield talents at the club, and building reserves in that area should be their last priority when reinforcement is needed elsewhere.
Secondly, no matter how Mourinho wants to project himself, his track record of managing young talent is not impressive. It could end up in the vicious loan loop trap, and fans may not be able to see its true potential at all.
He needs a club where he can play regularly and improve even more, and that is something the Spurs cannot guarantee him with so many great talents playing in his position.