COMMENT By Danny Wright
Lyon and Ajax will come to blows in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday and there are a number of players that Tottenham should be keeping an eye on.
Mauricio Pochettino has to make big improvements to his team over the summer if he wishes to win silverware at the North London club following a brilliant but ultimately anti-climactic final season at White Hart Lane.
The two Europa League semi-finalists are known to be a breeding ground of brilliant talent that is just waiting to be unearthed and here, Football Insider takes a look at three players that Spurs must watch.
Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)
Anyone who knows anything about European wonderkids will already have heard of Danish striker Dolberg. The 19-year-old led the line in the first leg and managed to find the net in a 4-1 win over the French club. Ajax have been massively boosted by Dolberg’s goals this season as the youngster has netted a staggering 21 times in 45 appearances in all competitions. He could become a brilliant back-up plan to Harry Kane should he ever drop off the pace or pick up an injury and would certainly be an upgrade on goal-shy Vincent Janssen, who has failed to impress Spurs fans in his debut season.
Amin Younes (Ajax)
Another player that was on the scoresheet in the first leg was 23-year-old winger Younes. The former German Under-21 international arrived in Amsterdam in 2015 from Borussia Monchengladbach and is about to hit the peak of his career after terrorising defences this season. The grafter has played 46 times in all competitions this term, scoring seven goals and supplying an impressive 12 assists. Moussa Sissoko has been nothing short of a flop during his first year at Spurs and Younes would certainly be an upgrade on the Frenchman. Tottenham lack an impact sub and a tricky winger like Younes could be the solution.
Corentin Tolisso (Lyon)
French sports newspaper L’Equipe claimed in their 20 April edition that Spurs, along with Arsenal, are already keeping track of Tolisso and his performance against Ajax on Thursday night could go a long way in seeing Pochettino chase up a deal. The 22-year-old midfielder is certainly the type of player that Spurs need and want as a number of attack-minded ball players have been linked with moves to North London recently. Tolisso fits that category because he’s a creative midfielder that also knows how to score a goal with 14 strikes and six assists in 44 domestic and European appearances this season. His influence on Thursday night will have to improve ten-fold though if Lyon want to turn things around against the Dutch club.
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