Three reasons why Tottenham should rival big boys for signature of Real Madrid misfit (not Isco)
COMMENT By Matt Farr
A Real Madrid attacking midfielder is once again the subject of heated transfer debate this week, but on this occasion, it is not Isco.
Instead it is Bernabeu team-mate James Rodriguez that is stealing the headlines, with several sources tipping him with a move to the Premier League after falling out-of-favour in Spain.
Liverpool and Manchester United are believed to be fronting the queue of England’s elite representatives for the signature of the much coveted 25-year-old, but Tottenham should be prepared – if not already – to enter the race.
Football Insider reveals three reasons why a move for Rodriguez would suit Tottenham this summer.
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First and foremost, if there is one area of Tottenham’s impressive line up that needs improvement, it is the goalscoring department.
Yet while Rodriguez is not an outright centre forward like current goalscoring chief Harry Kane, the Colombian international has a keen eye for goal.
Rodriguez’s goalscoring abilities were one of the highlights of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but while sufficient time has passed since the tournament, he is still very much the same player.
He would have a near identical impact to that of Dele Alli this season, contributing regular goals from the attacking midfield areas, whilst also creating an abundance of chances for his team mates.
On three occasions during the last six seasons, Rodriguez has netted more than 10 goals in all competitions, reaching a career high of 17 goals during his first season at Real Madrid.
Quality out wide
It could be a case of two birds with one stone with Rodriguez, as he could also transform Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the wider areas.
Adept at playing anywhere across the attacking midfield, his versatility would make it easy for him to slot into Tottenham’s system – even alongside Alli and Christian Eriksen.
Naturally left-footed, Rodriguez could do a job on the right-hand side of midfield, cutting inside with pace, technical skill and drive.
He would be a considerable upgrade on current options Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela, who could both be shipped out in the summer regardless of a new arrival.
Big name = ambition
The next step for Pochettino’s confident side is to win silverware. They’ve emerged as an outside threat to the Premier League title in recent seasons, but it is now imperative that they kick on and deliver the goods.
They have a squad capable of challenging the big boys in the Premier League, perhaps minus one or two world-class names – so Rodriguez fits the bill.
He would cost a significant sum, but Tottenham need to spend that kind of money to contend at the level they aspire to reach.
A move for him would also match their ambition to compete in Europe, with a second consecutive Champions League campaign almost set in stone.
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