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Pochettino may have been too eager to sell Falque

Mauricio Pochettino, quite rightly, is a hero at Tottenham Hotspur.

The 48-year-old replaced Tim Sherwood as Spurs boss in May 2014, and following his appointment, he led the club to the top table of English and European football. The Argentinian took the Lilywhites to the Champions League four times – something they had managed just once before his arrival – and they even made the final last term.

He was relieved of his duties earlier this campaign, but he made very few mistakes before the poor run of form that led to his demise.

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One of those errors, though, may have been during his early days at the club, when he sold Iago Falque for £1.8m.

Since then, he has flourished in Italy – here, we take a look at how he is getting on.

Time at Tottenham

Even by the time Falque joined Spurs, he had already been on the books of some of the biggest clubs in European football. He started out at Real Madrid, before moving to Barcelona and then on to Juventus. It wasn’t until January 2012 that Tottenham signed him for £900k from the Old Lady when he was already 22 years old.

He never really settled at White Hart Lane, though, making just 10 senior appearances despite scoring nine in as many matches for the U23 squad. Instead, he embarked on three loan spells in just two years, featuring for Southampton, Almeria and Rayo Vallecano – he failed to set the world alight at any of those sides.

Genoa had seen enough to take him to Serie A, but few at Tottenham will have been disappointed to see him leave at the time, especially when they doubled their money from his sale.

Where is he now?

The move to Italy was exactly what he needed. During the 2014/15 campaign, he would go on to score 13 times and provide five assists in just 32 matches in the Italian top flight, which convinced AS Roma to make a move to sign him on loan. He scored just three goals in 27 matches for the Giallorossi, but the future was still to be bright for the Spaniard.

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Roma actually did sign him permanently for £6.3m, but he was loaned straight out to Torino for one season.

In his first campaign, he scored 12 and assisted six in 35 matches – the Turin-based outfit then paid £5.4m to sign him full-time – followed by 14 and nine in 40 respectively. After that, his form dipped a little, but he still managed six strikes and six goals created in 28 matches in the 2018/19 term.

Should Tottenham have held on to Falque?

Yes

Yes

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No

This season, he made just five appearances for Torino without scoring before being loaned back to Genoa in January – he managed just one match before the league was suspended.

All in, he has scored 32 goals in his last 109 senior appearances while predominantly playing as a wide man.

Now aged 30, his best days may be behind him, but he has proven he knows where the back of the net is – perhaps Pochettino should have waited a little before moving him on.

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