Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino might state publicly that he was satisfied with how the club conducted their transfer business back in January, but there should be some questions over whether the Lilywhites could have done more.
Spurs were quiet for much of the winter window and left it until the last minute to sign Lucas Moura from Paris St Germain, the Brazilian winger having found himself outcast by the French giants.
He struggled with his fitness – understandable considering the lack of game time – and was not quite the regular feature in the starting XI that fans would have expected, especially when they were pushing for success on both the European and domestic stage.
One man who they seemed to miss out on was England international Ross Barkley, the midfield maestro linked to a move to north London by the Telegraph.
He instead made a £15million move to London rivals Chelsea from Everton, but the switch has not gone to plan for the 24-year-old, with just four appearances for the Blues.
Now the Sun are claiming that the 22-cap star is growing tired of his lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge, and his discontent is why Spurs must reignite their interest and snap him up.
Barkley is certainly not in favour under Antonio Conte but despite the Italian’s future being up in the air, the midfielder seems like the sort of player Chelsea could offload to make room in their squad for new recruits.
The £15million price tag has not been lived up to and a similar fee ought to prise him away, and he could be brilliant with Tottenham, playing alongside the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier and Harry Kane, adding to Spurs’ nucleus of English talent.
He no doubts want to get back on to the international stage and playing with so many of his England compatriots would give him a major boost to returning to the Three Lions’ squad – it is just up to Spurs to convince Chelsea to sell.
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