Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could be heading for a huge mistake if recent reports are to be believed…
According to the Daily Star, the north London outfit could look to current Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi as they look to rebuild following the sacking of Jose Mourinho three weeks ago.
It’s claimed that the former Italy striker is ahead of former Spurs midfielder and fellow target Scott Parker and has leapt to the front of the queue of Levy’s potential options.
The 45-year-old has been of interest to the Tottenham chairman before, too. Before appointing the ‘Special One’ as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor, Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito claimed there was a “desperate attempt” from Levy to secure him for Spurs back in November 2019.
You can’t help but feel that a move for the Lazio manager would be a recipe for disaster – no experience outside of Rome let alone outside of Serie A, very little return in terms of silverware, and a playing style which would likely be difficult to pull off with this current Spurs squad.
Inzaghi has only ever been in charge of the Eagles, and even then it fell at his feet as Marcelo Bielsa’s reign ended after just one week. He has done a pretty respectable job, though, winning the Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italianas, whilst he has finished outside the top five in Serie A just once.
As a former striker, he may well benefit Harry Kane immensely, having seen vast success with Ciro Immobile, who has bagged 149 goals in just 216 appearances since his appointment.
However, Inzaghi’s complex 3-5-2 system could be a hard sell with those currently faltering in north London.
His tactics have been driven by a focus towards progressing the ball quickly by having a holding midfielder occupy a deep role, with two wing-backs a focal point for their attacks.
There has also been the emergence of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is a dual threat like no other, and certainly not one which Spurs have amongst their squad.
He offers brute strength defensively, having averaged 1.8 tackles and fouls per game as well as eight goals and seven assists in the league this season, via WhoScored, using his 6 foot 3 stature to good effect with Immobile playing slightly off him.
None of Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli or Giovani Lo Celso are in this mould, which raises question marks as to whether or not it would bring the best out of Kane.
Lazio’s efficient and industrious wing play means that Spurs would need to be well-equipped to deal with the counter-attack and, as we saw under Mourinho, they can barely defend when sitting back, let alone when the opposition are mounting a charge at them.
Defensive mistakes have been the defining theme of their season, and appointing Inzaghi isn’t likely to fix that, especially with this relentless system. He would need a complete overhaul defensively and that isn’t likely to happen overnight.
We even saw Mourinho deploy a 3-5-2 at times since his arrival in late 2019 and it never really worked. For example, from four league games using this system, Spurs have only picked up one win and that was against rock-bottom Sheffield United, who they could easily dominate.
On the above evidence, Levy must steer clear of the man he was once “desperate” to bring to the club. At this stage, Inzaghi and Spurs mixing would be recipe for disaster, and to have him atop the shortlist is a grave mistake.