If you believe some reports, Tottenham Hotspur’s managerial search has now boiled down to two candidates, former Wolves boss Nuno Santo and current Brighton coach Graham Potter.
The latter is certainly a name that has been mentioned throughout the whole process and at one stage, according to The Athletic, the Englishman featured on a four-man final shortlist for the role before names like Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettinio and Paulo Fonseca.
Potter has been regarded as ‘another Pochettino’ by Football FanCast in the past and would certainly bring an interesting dimension to North London.
His Seagulls side may have finished in 16th place, having flirted with relegation at times, but it’s unfair to write them off on that basis as they played some pretty exciting football at times – which would meet one of the key criteria set out by chairman Daniel Levy.
Having favoured a three-man defensive and wing-back system at the Amex Stadium, how might the Lilywhites look under his stewardship in 2021/22?
Football FanCast delve into the matter…
As mentioned above, Brighton did better than their results suggest and The Athletic have since rated him as “one of the best coaches in the Premier League today.”
Potter is said to favour a possession-heavy approach with plenty of build-up and a focus on dominating the territory in the final third, rarely relying on long balls and counters, and he’s done so with the fourth-lowest weighted average age squad (26) – another key factor desired by Levy.
This means that several of the club’s young players could benefit from his appointment and we believe that Joe Rodon is one of those.
He could take up a spot in defence alongside current teammate Eric Dier, who possesses ball-playing qualities like Lewis Dunk and Ben White, as well as the first signing of three in Joachim Andersen, who all start in front of club captain Hugo Lloris.
They may be joined by another signing at the back, with Tariq Lamptey coming up to the capital in the same car as Potter.
The 20-year-old gem is attracting interest from Spurs, according to Sky Sports, and could be an ideal replacement for the seemingly departing Serge Aurier – even at £50m – with Sergio Reguilon taking up his natural role as left wing-back.
He’s not the only addition from the South Coast though as midfield powerhouse Yves Bissouma has also been mooted with a switch to North London in the past.
His box-to-box abilities could be an ideal fit next to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and for £30m, that could prove to be fantastic business. It does mean that the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko have no place in the squad.
Potter could give Dele Alli one final chance to impress, despite doubts over his future at the club, as he competes an intriguing engine room, whilst the attack speaks for itself should Levy keep hold of Harry Kane.
He’ll be joined by Heung-min Son up top.