The signing of Dele Alli will be eternally regarded as a masterstroke from Daniel Levy – a transfer which finely encapsulates and illustrates his shrewd negotiating skills. Levy is a maverick in the modern game, and much has been made of his remarkable success in following his peculiarly unique approach to the transfer market.
Spurs signed 18-year-old Alli from MK Dons in January 2015 for a fee of just £5 million, and he was immediately loaned back to the promotion-chasing League One outfit. Now 22, Alli is one of the most phenomenal young English talents to emerge in recent years.
That he has already scored 53 goals and provided 46 assists at the club and is now worth £90 million, per transfermarkt, attests to the genius behind the 2015 transfer.
It’s no surprise then that Alasdair Gold has previously revealed Spurs are interested in raiding the lower leagues once again this summer for hidden elite talent. Jarrod Bowen, Che Adams, Luca Connell, Max Aarons and Jack Clarke are all on their radar, per football.london.
The intention is seemingly to bolster what is a thin homegrown quota in north London, with the arrival of precocious English players representing the nucleus of Levy’s transfer strategy.
There is no doubt that this aspect of the long-term strategy is shrewd and progressive, but Spurs will continue to fall short of their true potential if they fail to add players boasting genuine pedigree.
The last signing Spurs made saw Lucas, a player with rich experience in European football, arrive for a fee of just £23 million. While his spell has been frustratingly tempestuous so far, his glowing performance at Anfield on Sunday was another big-game showing to add to a growing collection of excellent performances on the big stage.
The Brazilian notched important goals in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona more crucially, while his scintillating brace at Old Trafford in the Premier League on matchday three proved that he is tailor-made for high-magnitude fixtures.
Pochettino will certainly demand more from the electric attacker this season and beyond as his inconsistency has restricted his progress since joining the club, but there have been enough sporadic glimpses of class against high-calibre opponents to give Levy something to ponder over.
The key for Tottenham’s Chairman is to use the success of the Moura deal to construct his policy for the upcoming summer window. A drive to recruit high quality players who have been neglected or cast aside at top clubs could prove incredibly fruitful.
Andre Gomes, who has often played with the swagger, verve and composure of a Nou Camp maestro during his loan spell at Everton this season, is a prime example of the type of affordable and prestigious talent Spurs should be targeting.
Jarrod Bowen, Max Aarons and the rest of the young English contingent of Spurs-linked players fit the profile of the type of Alli-esque deals which Levy would be wise to pursue, but it’s imperative they are also supplemented with Moura-esque deals.
Those hidden or, in Gomes’ case at least, perhaps not so hidden gems, who have already acquired experience at the top level and are available for cut-price fees, could represent the difference between yet another top-four battle and a genuine title push.
Some Moura that please, Mr Levy.