Tottenham must take unlikely punt on free agent Hatem Ben Arfa

Tottenham Hotspur ended the summer transfer window having failed to make a single signing with a move for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish failing to materialise, and they should take an unlikely punt on free agent Hatem Ben Arfa instead.

What’s the word, then?

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish celebrates against Hull

Well, Spurs supporters and probably manager Mauricio Pochettino too would have been full of expectation going into the window at the beginning of the summer, looking for new additions ahead of their move into their new stadium.

However, despite players being linked with moves away and others coming in the other way, they were the only Premier League club to not make a single addition.

The north London outfit failed to push through a £25m deal for Villa’s Jack Grealish according to The Guardian after the Championship side’s new owners pulled out of a prospective move, potentially leaving Tottenham a little short of depth in attacking midfield areas.

Why should Pochettino take a punt on Ben Arfa?

The talented 31-year-old failed to play a single minute of football for Paris Saint-Germain last season having been pushed down the pecking order following the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar last summer, and he was released by the Ligue 1 holders earlier this year.

While he struggled for starts at the Parc des Princes, he has proven the ability he has in the past at Newcastle United and Nice – where he scored 17 goals in 34 Ligue 1 matches during the 2015/16 campaign – and while his attitude has often been brought into doubt, he would arrive at Spurs with a point to prove.

Tottenham, whose fans have begged Daniel Levy to snap up a potential Moussa Dembele replacement following a major development, will surely look to push through a move for Grealish in January or next summer, and a short-term – or even pay-as-you-play – deal for the mercurial Ben Arfa on a free would prove to be a shrewd outcome for all parties.