Football FanCast guest columnist ‘The New Voice of Football' wonders what the future will hold for Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas, should Sandro secure a January move to Tottenham.
Amidst all the coming and goings at Tottenham this summer chairman, Daniel Levy was quietly negotiating a partnership with Brazilian side Internacional. A partnership brought about to ensure the Premier League club had first option on any young samba star wishing to leave O Clube do Povo for the riches on offer in Europe.
One player firmly on the radar of Harry Redknapp was young defensive midfielder Sandro, with Spurs reportedly having an offer of £14million turned down for the rising star of Brazilian football towards the end of the transfer window. Although it is also suggested that the matter of a work permit was an issue along with the world and its mother seemingly all owning a piece of the Inter midfielder's registration.
Now reports are telling us that 20-year-old Sandro is destined to arrive at White Hart Lane in January for £14million. The work permit issues becoming easier to circumnavigate due to his inclusion in Dunga's recent Brazil squads, with the starlet making his full International bow against Chile in September. Leaving just the small matter of his registration to negotiate, with a group of investors in the Brazilian side owning 30% of the player, who rose to prominence after his performances as skipper for the Brazilian Under-20's.
Apparently the deal hinges on the negotiation of this 30%. However, if as expected this midfield enforcer does turn up at Tottenham in January for the princely sum of £14million. What would this mean for the likes of Jermaine Jenas and Tom Huddlestone at Spurs?
After all no club outside of the truly wealthy can afford to shell out £14million on a player with promise and then stick him on the bench. Something, that would seem to spell immediate danger for Jenas and to a lesser extent Huddlestone, with Harry still searching for the perfect foil for Wilson Palacios in the Tottenham midfield.
Huddlestone is the man in possession at the moment, with the big midfielder looking good alongside Wilson when playing the lesser teams, who afford him time and space to utilise his rapier like passing ability. However, the Hudd has been woefully exposed this season against the likes of United and Chelsea, with his lack of mobility when Tottenham aren't in possession only too evident in my eyes.
While Jenas on the other hand is as mobile as anyone in the Premier League, will run all day and is as honest as the day is long, but is still felt to fall short of the standards required if Tottenham are to really challenge now and in the future. Jermaine like Huddlestone has put in some good shifts for Spurs this season when called upon. However, as much as I like both Huddlestone and Jenas, they are both players, who at this point in time can be improved upon and that is, what is needed at White Hart Lane if the club is to continue its momentum under Harry.
Of the two I would fancy Jenas as favourite to be moved on, although Huddlestone voiced his discontent not so long ago about not getting enough playing time and threatened to quit if things did not improve. A spot on the bench beckoning the big fella again, should Sandro arrive in a £14million fanfare in January, with Tom possibly being allowed to strut his stuff against some of the smaller teams as the Brazilian settles into life in the Premier League.
Is Sandro actually better than Jenas and Huddlestone? Well should Tottenham land the Brazilian due to their partnership with Internacional, they will have beaten the likes of La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid to the youngster, who both have shown more than a fleeting interest in the young samba star. As with all things time will tell, but the impending winter arrival of Sandro can only spell trouble for Jenas and Huddlestone, who look set to become the first casualties of the Tottenham partnership with Internacional.
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