COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Mauricio Pochettino should blow Arsenal out of the water to sign Monaco star Thomas Lemar this summer.
Monaco have reportedly set a £25million-plus asking price for the fleet-footed winger who they signed for just £3.4million from Caen in 2015.
Lemar has impressed in this season’s Champions League with five assists and two goals in 12 games.
Here are three reasons why Spurs would pull out all the stops to sign him.
Widen the gap
If Lemar opts for Tottenham over Arsenal, Spurs will not only improve their own side, but they will weaken Arsenal’s, widening the North London gap. The power struggle between the two clubs has widened slightly this season as Spurs look set to finish above Arsenal in the league for the first time in 22 years. If Tottenham are to continue this trend in coming years they must become a more desirable destination for foreign talent, than Arsenal – signing Lemar could the the first step towards doing that.
World class certainty
Lemar is not quite world class yet, but he certainly could be. As well as his Champions League exploits, he netted nine goals and supplied seven in 31 Ligue 1 games this term. For a 21-year-old winger this is an exceptional return and he will only get better. Pochettino has a good reputation for nurturing young talent and the starlet would definitely be given a chance to shine at Tottenham. Pochettino could be the one to mould Lemar into a world-beater. Should he join forces with Spurs the team could be unstoppable.
No-one quite like him
Tottenham’s squad is studded with talent and quality throughout, but they do not have anyone quite like Lemar. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are attacking midfielders, Harry Kane is a striker and Son Heung-min is an inside forward who can play on the wing, but Lemar is a strong, pacey, out-and-out winger. He fills a gap in the squad and adds to the wealth of young talent on show. He would be allowed a free role too given the wing-back system Pochettino employs, so he could drift inside if needed, and he offers them the option of switching systems.
In other Tottenham news, Marseille have entered the race to sign this Premier League wing wizard.