COMMENT By Will Butcher
Mauricio Pochettino would bolster his chances of achieving Premier League glory with Tottenham next season if he signed Werder Bremen star Serge Gnabry.
The Mail claims that Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are interested in the 21-year-old attacker, who moved to Germany in the summer from Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal.
Here, Football Insider analyses three reasons why signing Gnabry would benefit Spurs in their pursuit of a Premier League title during the 2017-18 campaign.
Something to prove
Gnabry was let go by Arsene Wenger last summer for a nominal fee of less than £5million to join Bremen, but was not given a fair rub of the green at the Emirates Stadium. Moving to Arsenal from Stuttgart’s youth academy in 2011, Gnabry made just 18 senior appearances for the Gunners – starting only nine of those in all competitions. That could mean Gnabry has the bit between his teeth and will want to prove Wenger wrong in letting him go without giving him a chance; where better to do that than at Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham?
Moussa Sissoko, Georges N’Koudou, Erik Lamela
Spurs current options out wide have struggled this season. Lamela suffered a hip injury way back in October, and although the problem did not seem overly serious, he has been ruled out for the rest of the 2016-17 campaign and Spurs’ title run-in. His spell on the sidelines has sparked rumours that he could be set to leave, while N’Koudou and Sissoko’s futures are also in doubt. Both signed in the summer, the duo have proved to be expensive flops and could immediately be offloaded just a year after signing on at White Hart Lane. That will mean Spurs need replacements, and Gnabry would fit the bill perfectly as he possesses speed, versatility, an eye for goal – and is only 21.
Ripping up the Bundesliga
Football fans will not have had to pay too much attention to the top flight of German football to hear Gnabry is thriving in the Bundesliga. Sitting in a lofty sixth, Gnabry has played an instrumental part in helping his side defy pre-season expectations to be in with a shout of qualifying for European football. Played mostly out wide, Gnabry has struck 10 times in his 24 league and cup encounters as well as supplying two assists. His form has not gone unnoticed, with Germany boss Joachim Low handing him his first two international caps; he took them with aplomb. Scoring a hat-trick on his debut against San Marino, Bremen’s number 29 also looked sharp in a 0-0 draw with Italy. Gnabry has shown he is lethal but precise in the final third and would prove a top, top signing.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Teddy Sheringham has revealed that his old side tried to sign this World Cup winner.