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It appears Spurs are still in the market for an attacking midfielder despite adding Giovani Lo Celso joining over the summer, possibly in preparation for life without Christian Eriksen.
Alena was highly rated as a youngster coming through at the Catalan club, with suggestions that he could be the “next Iniesta”, but he is now 21 and has only made 15 starts for the senior side, so time is running out for him to impress in Spain.
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As a result, he may have to move to kickstart his career, and Tottenham – as a Champions League side – could be an attractive option.
However, Barcelona may want to hang onto the youngster for a bit longer, and his release clause of £64m could be enough to deter a bid unless Mauricio Pochettino is determined to add him soon, which he could be considering Spurs’ current form.
They have added Lo Celso and have other options to choose from such as Dele Alli and Erik Lamela, so it may be best for Pochettino to concentrate on getting the best out of them before he targets more players.
Furthermore, Alena is unproven and therefore could take a while to adjust to a new country and the level of standard set by the Argentine – so he is not what the team needs right now.
Instead, Spurs would be better suited bringing in a player who can provide protection for a defence which has kept only two clean sheets in 12 games this term with the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele largely failing inthat particular role. Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama have struggled for game time and form, too.
To make things even more confusing, the Spurs boss is reportedly looking to sell Dier and Wanyama, which underlines the fact it is an area of concern, and since Alena won’t solve that issue it makes little sense for the club to pursue him.
Both players have lacked fitness recently but when they have played they have unimpressed, with Dier making his first Premier League start of the season in the 3-0 loss at Brighton before the international break, and the Kenya international having an absolute shocker against Leicester.
Pochettino should therefore be focusing on additions who can improve his side defensively as well as a player who can inspire some faith and confidence in the rest of the players. That is what is required to get the best out of the other players in the squad, not a youngster just starting out in his career.