Tottenham have lacked a real leader during their recent losing streak, and after Nabil Fekir’s performance on Wednesday night they should swoop for the Lyon captain in January.
Fekir’s failed move to Liverpool was truly bizarre, and while there are suspicions that there were problems with the medical, no one really knows why the deal fell through.
One thing that is clear is that the World Cup-winning attacker would love to play in a high-tempo Premier League team, and he showed on Wednesday why he could be the perfect fit for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.
Spurs have lost three games in a row for the first time in Pochettino’s reign, and against Inter Milan in particular it felt like they were missing a leader.
Meanwhile, Fekir dominated Manchester City in Lyon’s shock win at the Etihad, providing the cross for the first goal and slamming home the second from long distance.
The 25-year-old was busy all night, constantly harassing Manchester City players and almost always finding a positive pass once he won it back. He led the press and commanded the respect of what was an extremely young Lyon side, temping Henry Winter of The Times to call him “a real leader”.
Fekir made three tackles, all of which were in attacking positions, and also committed four fouls. Quite simply, he’s not afraid to get stuck in as well as being the most talented player on his team.
He also created three chances, completed two dribbles and played two lovely long balls over the top to their electric wingers, and this creativity could be just what it takes to get Harry Kane back firing on all cylinders.
Fekir has the work rate to play either in midfield or attack for Pochettino, the creativity to provide for the likes of Kane and Son Heung-min, and the goals from midfield to make up the difference when Kane isn’t on the scoresheet.
Whether Liverpool will re-visit their interest is yet to be seen, but Spurs should take the chance to jump ahead in January and grab the man who could just be the leader they are missing.
So, Tottenham fans, how much did Fekir impress you on Wednesday? Would a move in January transform your season? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…