In Focus: Ross Barkley to Tottenham makes total and absolute sense

Tottenham Hotspur’s number one summer transfer target is Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and the north London outfit will make a bid for him this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.

What’s the word?

According to the report, the England international has emerged as Spurs’ priority over the next few months, despite an inconsitent campaign. Despite some decent form of late, the 23-year-old has been publicly criticised by Ronald Koeman on a few occassions this term and is entering the final year on his deal at Goodison Park.

There’s also thought to be interest in Barkley from the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, though those from Hotspur Way are said to be at ‘the front of the queue’ to land the midfielder.

An improvement?

Well, it’s hard to see Barkley replacing either Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen in attacking midfield positions right now, though he’d certainly provide strength in depth.

With Tottenham gearing up for another European campaign, he’d certainly give Mauricio Pochettino more options in attacking berths and could perhaps replace Erik Lamela as Spurs’ marauding midfielder to bring the ball forward from deep at pace.

Furthermore, Pochettino’s track record when working with young English talent would suggest he could be the man to finally coax the best out of Barkley, who has seen his progress stall of late.