Mauricio Pochettino needs to add some extra players into his squad in order to compete in Europe and with Algeria, Belgium, Russia, and South Korea coming from Group H, he has quite a bit of a talent pool to choose from.
With Belgium recently getting knocked out at the hands of Argentina, there were a few solid performances from the European side with a few additional players from other nations also making their mark at the World Cup in earlier rounds.
Here are the top SIX players Tottenham Hotspur should sign from Group H.
Name: Islam Slimani
Age: 26 (June 18, 1988)
Club: Sporting Lisbon
Estimated Value: £1.7 million
Islam Slimani is a quality striker who will not cause a huge dent in Pochettino’s transfer budget but could also provide a much needed surge of goals for the club. With Roberto Soldado not producing his best performance throughout the season, the like of Slimani who has experience in Europe with Sporting Lisbon could give Spurs another attacking option.
He scored 10 in 31 appearances for his club while notching another 12 in 24 games for the Algerian national team which gave him his debut back in 2012. The striker recently bagged two goals at the World Cup in Brazil despite being knocked out in the round of sixteen.
Name: Rais M’Bohli
Age: 28 (April 25, 1986)
Club: CSKA Sofia
Estimated Value: £500 Th.
With Hugo Lloris not getting any competition for first team places, Mauricio Pochettino could be looking for another goalkeeper to his team sheet. M’Bohli’s performance for the Algerian has seen him become a very highly rated shot-stopper. Heurelho Gomes left the club while Brad Friedel looks likely to continue his career at White Hart Lane despite being 43-years-old.
The Algeria number one is a signing that can see Pochettino save a lot of his budget while also being reinforced adequately giving him the chance to focus and improve on other areas of the squad.
Name: Romelu Lukaku
Age: 21 (May 13, 1993)
Estimated Value: £25 million
Lukaku was one of the most sought after strikers ahead of the World Cup and despite his failure to replicate his 15 goals in 31 appearances for on-loan club Everton, many teams are still after the young striker. However, Chelsea are doing all they can to keep him at Stamford Bridge and may offer him out on loan, possibility not to another Premier League club.
His huge price tag could be seen as a risk after Spurs didn’t seem to have capitalized on the transfer market the previous season after making a huge profit from the sale of Gareth Bale. Mauricio Pochettino will surely be in good hands should he be allowed to complete this signing due to the Belgian’s league tally.
Name: Divock Origi
Age: 19 (April 18, 1995)
Estimated Value: £9.8 million
Tottenham Hotspur are in need of a striker and with Origi performing at the top of his game on the world stage, the club should really consider adding him to their ranks. However, a majority of English clubs are also after the 19-year-old starlet with Liverpool favourites to sign him.
His pace off the ball along with his technical ability and ball control is currently turning him into one of the most wanted young stars of the World Cup.
Name: Marouane Fellaini
Age: 26 (November 22, 1987)
Club: Manchester United
Position: Central Midfielder / Attacking Midfielder
Estimated Value: £20 million
Although his first season at Manchester United is one to forget, the towering player recently made his mark at the World Cup by scoring a vital equalizer against Algeria for Belgium in the World Cup. His big money move under former manager David Moyes seemed to have failed as many people claim that they were using him in the wrong place.
His height and strength is a huge boost to any team and with his abilities, he should be moved into a more attacking role, a place where he has excelled in the past. Louis van Gaal considers Fellaini as not being part of his plan with the club looking likely to accept offers for a cut-price deal.
Name: Yacine Brahimi
Age: 24 (February 8, 1990)
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Estimated Value: £4 million
Brahimi is a very technical attacking midfielder player that is capable of filling the role along both flanks, but prefers to play the number 10 role behind the main striker. He was ranked with the highest number of successful dribbles on average per game in the La Liga last season, beating the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite only scoring three goals and providing four assist in the previous campaign, his skills and talents could still come in handle for Mauricio Pochettino.