Tottenham may have claimed an impressive runner-up finish in the Premier League last season but they only came fourth in the division’s dribble charts, their average of 11.9 per-match beaten by Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, and looking at the individual per-match dribble returns throughout the Lilywhites’ first-team squad, it’s not hard to see why.
Indeed, most Premier League sides boast at least one dynamic dribbler in attack, but ranking first at White Hart Lane is deep-lying midfielder Mousa Dembele on 2.6, closely followed by engine room accomplice Victor Wanyama in third. In between is Erik Lamela, whose last appearance for the north London outfit was in October.
Tottenham fans may argue the absence of a prolific dribbler hasn’t affected them too much thus far after two impressive seasons, but it also represents the option Mauricio Pochettino lacked in attack throughout the 2016/17 campaign.
Finding a forward who can stretch the opposition and take the ball past defenders should be one of the Argentine gaffer’s priorities in the transfer market this summer.