COMMENT By Editor Wayne Veysey
As Tottenham demolished yet another opponent on Thursday night with a fluent, vibrant display that has become their hallmark, there appears little the team has not got.
Reliably brilliant goalkeeper? Check. Super-solid defenders who can keep out opponents without breaking sweat? Check. Flying full-backs as effective in the opponents’ half as their own. Check, for now. Monster midfielders who patrol the central acres with the efficiency and ruthless of SAS operatives? Check. Playmakers who can squeeze out killer balls for fun? Check. Expert finishers who live for scoring wonder goals as much as tap-ins? Ch…..you get the picture.
There is seemingly little that Mauricio Pochettino has not assembled or developed in the best Spurs side for 50 years and one which threatens to sweep all before them in the immediate future assuming fidgety agents do not persuade their clients the grass is not greener elsewhere.
Aside from a ball-carrying magician, there is perhaps one thing this Spurs team is missing. A serial-winning mentality that can only come from hoovering up trophies year after year.
Chelsea have it in spades, of course. And it was clear their players were able to dig deep and find it as they brushed off Tottenham’s challenge and keep their title bid on course in the closing month of the season.
There is one player who would be the perfect and obvious signing for Spurs this summer, and address this key deficiency. Philipp Lahm.
The Bayern Munich icon is due to depart the stage for the final time on Saturday after winning eight Bundesliga titles, six German cups, a Champions League and the World Cup.
But Spurs’ recruitment team must make a mighty effort to persuade Lahm to forego retirement for another year and have a final fling in the Premier League.
The German icon may turn 34 in November but what a signing he would be. The best orthodox full-back of the last decade is not only a brilliant player but a seen-it-all-bought-the-T-shirt leader able to inspire through deed and commitment to the cause.
His pedigree, consistency and flexibility mark him as one of the outstanding players of his generation and his performances this season for mighty Bayern show he has still very much got it.
What can Spurs offer? One final thrilling challenge for a upwardly mobile Premier League team, a bit of a boost to the bank balance and the right-back slot that will inevitably be vacated by Kyle Walker this summer.
It is no exaggeration to state that Tottenham could storm to the title next season if they could cajole Lahm into an end-of-career stop-off in north London.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have opened shock talks to sign a Barcelona icon who has had a storming season.