Jose Mourinho has arrived at Tottenham Hotspur and he’s ready to stir the pot, quite literally. Of course, with Mauricio Pochettino now gone, it’s fairly safe to assume there will be changes happening at Spurs and hopefully, Daniel Levy knows what he signed up for when he chose the Special One to lead his troops.
Be that as it may, it also wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Mourinho will likely want some reinforcements in order to get this team firing on all cylinders once again.
But which of his former pupils could the Portuguese coach actually bring to Spurs that would fit his system nicely?
Let’s take a look…
Mourinho’s stay at the Spanish capital was very much a success, regardless of how it ended. The Special One managed to rival Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, who were arguably one of the best teams in world football at that time, and even claimed some silverware for his trouble.
Modric, granted, wasn’t such a big figure back then as he is now but with 34 years already in the locker and new faces emerging from Real Madrid’s midfield, the Croat could possibly be prized away from the Galacticos.
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Not to mention that he appears to still have something of a soft spot for Spurs from his days in London and when you take all of that into account, this transfer suddenly doesn’t seem like a reach at all.
Besides, Mourinho could use someone of Modric’s pedigree, skill and experience in his team.
Why not give it a go?
Matic is definitely one of the players that thrived under Mourinho’s stern but just hand while the Special One was at the helm of Manchester United.
The 31-year-old defensive midfielder enjoyed playing for the Portuguese and he also enjoyed a really important role in his system as Mourinho values a good pivot for defensive cover for his preferred style of play.
Matic’s contract expires in the summer and seeing how he’s fallen out of favour at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad and was even reported to be close to a January exit, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see Mourinho come back for his man.
Even though he is already past his 30s, Matic surely has a couple more good seasons in his legs.
By this point, you’re either extremely excited by this pick or you can’t believe you’re actually seeing what you’re seeing.
But yes, Ibrahimovic and Mourinho worked well together while the Special One was at Old Trafford, similarly to his relationship with Matic, and the great Swede did have a good spell under his guidance as well.
With Harry Kane still in the squad, there doesn’t seem to be a need for an additional striker, especially one that would hardly play second fiddle to the Englishman. However, Kane has no senior competition for his spot and has been linked with an exit to Real Madrid, and Ibrahimovic is the prototype Mourinho striker.
It sounds crazy at first but in some scenarios, it wouldn’t be outrageous to think he decides to scoop up the Swede for free after his MLS adventure has come to its conclusion.
Can you imagine these two hot-heads working together again? Neither can we but it would definitely be a blast…