Bayern Munich were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday night, but Thiago Alcantara did enough to show why Tottenham should break the bank for him this summer.
Tottenham hardly ever splash out on one big signing, but Thiago would be the perfect man to break that trend for.
Despite being knocked out by perennial winners Real Madrid, Bayern Munich’s crafty little midfielder was absolutely superb in Tuesday’s heavyweight clash, showing exactly why Premier League clubs should be queuing up to sign him.
With Mousa Dembele looking likely to leave and Eric Dier taking stick from fans for recent performances, Tottenham should be at the front of the queue, and should be willing to smash their transfer record to transform their midfield.
The Spaniard may have been on the losing side on Tuesday, but he managed a truly remarkable 118 touches, and put that time on the ball to good use with a stunning 92 per cent pass accuracy.
It is exactly this type of control that Tottenham need in their midfield, to dictate the tempo of the game and allow the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to roam wherever they like.
The 27 year-old is also effective on the defensive end, as he made two tackles and four interceptions, some of which were crucial in stopping Real Madrid counter attacks.
If his three completed dribbles against the reigning European champions weren’t impressive enough, he also completed an incredible eight long balls, the most of anyone in the match.
Valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard will not come cheap, but if Spurs really want to compete with the best then he is exactly the type of player they need to add.
Some may question why he would want to leave the German champions, but a more prominent role in a more competitive league with one of the most exciting young teams in Europe would excite any player.
So, Tottenham fans, do you think you could sign Thiago? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…