When the transfer re-opens on July 1st Tottenham will be under significant pressure from their supporters to strengthen their squad.
There will naturally be a clamour to add options to their depleted forward line with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor in desperate need of support if the Lilywhites are to solidify themselves as a Champions League outfit.
It is appears inevitable that a striker will be signed but should they try and sign another truly world class playmaker in the form of Isco as a matter of urgency?
The claims that Spurs are a one man team with Gareth Bale may be slightly unfair, but they certainly need other options that can unlock defences when he is not playing to his maximum or is unavailable.
Whilst Holtby and Sigurdsson have shown themselves to be capable of earning their stripes at White Hart Lane they need a midfielder who can really turn a game on its head when they are lacking in creativity outside their talismanic Welshman.
Bale’s strengths lie in his ability to run at opposition and to come in off the flanks. The pace him and Aaron Lennon provide on the wings is a crucial weapon for Tottenham.
What is needed now is a midfielder who can sit in between the midfield and attack threading through intricate passes that Luka Modric used to provide.
The composure, poise and skill of Modric is missed at this stage in the season. The balance he instilled in the way Tottenham broke down opposition avoided panic.
This influence needs to be replaced around White Hart Lane with the season once again taking its toll on the Lilywhites.
Bale’s improvement may have accounted for the loss of their talismanic Croatian in the summer but if Tottenham are to move on to the next level they need to make a statement they are willing to sign the World’s best emerging talent.
Spurs supporters may be perplexed at suggestions of need for improvement in the midfield their strongest area of the pitch. The team is set to achieve their target of a top four finish currently too.
The point though is that whilst Liverpool remain some distance off the top four and Arsenal continue to toil with their transfer policy handicapping them, there is a real chance for the Lilywhites to steal a march on their rivals in the summer.
Champions League may be a success for now, if a top four place is achieved, but the aim in the long term should be to try and win a Premier League title. If the gap is to be closed upon those at the top they need another stellar name in the key cog in between the centre of the park and forward line.
Why is Isco the perfect acquisition though? The first reason for this being that he is young at 20 years of age still has plenty of development left in him despite showing his capabilities already.
The Champions League stage is not foreign to him as he has shown at Malaga this campaign. This would also send out a signal to rival clubs that Tottenham are going to sign out the best.
In the past there may have been accusation levelled at Daniel Levy that Tottenham are a feeder club who sell their stars for exorbitant fees when they reach a premium level. If Levy allowed the North London club to seize the initiative and sign a player in demand.
The £30 million asking price is a large fee but it is now time to reward Villas Boas for his success without being provided all the necessary tools to achieve his aims.
This fee was not all that far off Man United paid for Robin Van Persie last August and it has made all the difference. Genuine title contenders have to occasionally splash the cash to freshen up their ranks with the best there is to offer. If Spurs do not want to be left behind the Manchester clubs and Chelsea who are bound to invest this summer, they need to spend too.
Redknapp was backed to the tune of £50 million his last 2 seasons at the Lane it is about time that the coffers were opened up to AVB to show his mettle in the transfer market too.
Joao Moutinho may have been his first choice as a pivotal midfield signing last summer before the transfer window closed upon him. A deep lying playmaker is not what is needed now though and the Porto prospect won’t be top of the Portuguese manager’s shopping list this time round.
AVB is astute and if he is allowed to try and lure in Isco then he will certainly be interested in attaining the player.
Isco has mentioned that he would be the latest star to leave Malaga since their financial problems should the right club come in, and Tottenham would be a brilliant fit.
He is a young player looking for a club to allow him to emerge into a World Class talent and whilst they may expect this instantly at Man City or Chelsea, he would be allowed room to breathe and find his role in one of the most exciting midfields the Premier League at White Hart Lane.
If Tottenham are serious about their future ambition they may want to give thought for going hell bent on chasing one of the most sought after talents in Europe when they next get the chance to secure Isco’s signature.
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