According to the Northern Echo, Tottenham and Chelsea are both interested in Adama Traore, but Tottenham fans are furious about the links.
It feels like a truly make-or-break summer for Tottenham, where the club must decide what they want to be.
If they want to take on Europe’s elite, they need to smash their wage structure, and bring in the type of players to match Mauricio Pochettino’s ambition.
If they don’t do those things, they could find themselves becoming a feeder club to bigger clubs, as the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose look to follow Kyle Walker out the door in pursuit of trophies.
Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore has had a fantastic season in the Championship, but he is certainly not a signing that screams “ambition”, and fans simply do not want the dazzling winger.
The report from the Northern Echo says Tottenham and Chelsea are both chasing the winger, and the fee could even be in excess of £30m.
Traore has averaged a remarkable 7.3 dribbles per game this season, and his end product has improved drastically as well, grabbing five goals and ten assists.
The 22 year-old speedster had a poor showing in the playoff loss to Aston Villa though, which is clearly still fresh in fans’ minds.
Traore is a great young player with bags of potential, but Spurs already have plenty of those, so what they needed is a few proven winners to take them to the next step.
Fans are echoing that sentiment on Twitter, even comparing him to this season’s scapegoat in Moussa Sissoko, and some of the best reactions can be found below…
Watched him last night, thought he was garbage if he wasn’t fast he’d be a non league player
— Aaron Gates (@AaronGates85) May 16, 2018
Looking to downgrade this summer to championship players en masse. Can't see it somehow. Sessegnon an exception from this year's crop but if we're looking to move up, we need better than those we already have, not overpriced dross
— TheStevenageSpur (@StevenageSpur) May 16, 2018
I sincerely hope not after watching him in last nights championship playoff!
— Gav (@gavnixon1) May 16, 2018
We already have a Sissoko, no thank you
— “Is this thing on?” (@LouisMellini) May 17, 2018
Speed merchant. Sissoko level bad in terms of technical ability.
— Ross Wagstaff (@rwaggy26) May 16, 2018
Looks like a slightly quicker but less technical Sissoko.
— The Miser (@mrskinflint99) May 16, 2018