It has been pretty obvious to everyone that Tottenham are miss something in their game. They have the best defence in the Premier League without any doubt, they have one of the best strikers, but there is something lacking. That is somebody with the ability to create against teams who defend with every man behind the ball against them.
All of the top clubs have players with that ability. Manchester City have Silva and De Bruyne, Arsenal have Ozil, Chelsea have Hazard and Liverpool; well, you can take your pick!
Eriksen and Lamela whilst good players on their day, just aren’t consistent enough. So the need for a top quality attacking midfielder is clear. And for the past 6 months, Tottenham have been linked with Isco.
Here are three reasons as to why he is not their man:
Isco joined Real Madrid in 2013 as a promising young player for £23million from Malaga. However, in this time, his profile has raised, and transfer fee has been ever more inflated. You only have to look at Tottenham signing Moussa Sissoko for £30million as proof of this. Quite frankly, Isco would cost Tottenham somewhere in the similar. The North London club are currently building a new stadium which is reportedly going to cost somewhere in the region of £700million. So now, unfortunately, isn’t the time for them to try to match their rivals with huge fee for players. They simply cannot afford to.
The battle for the signature of Isco would be huge, and if Tottenham were able to sign him, it is likely that they would have to offer north of £150k per week. This would shatter the wage structure that is currently in place at Tottenham, with their highest earner thought to be earning £95k.
Whilst this is not only financially unviable, it is the effect that it would have on the rest of the Tottenham squad that is the concern. Tottenham have managed to retain a great squad harmony where they have players that whilst earning well, could clearly get a lot more elsewhere. They are focused on their football and delivering for the club in which they are playing. Should a player join who is on almost double the amount than the current highest earner at the lane, it will send a huge queue of players to the door of Daniel Levy asking for pay rises that they think they deserve.
Isco is a player who wants to be fighting for the very top honours and has won two Champions League trophies since he joined Real Madrid. It is quite possible that he is happy with his squad role, safe in the knowledge that there are more trophies to come. In the summer he was linked with multiple moves away, but it looked like he didn’t want to leave.
“The club said nothing and I never looked for anything to leave. In the end, I’m responsible and that’s where I must improve.” Isco said.
“There are ups and downs and I won’t give up, I fight to the end and want to prove that I’m fit for Madrid.”
So would Isco be happy with joining a club who is challenging for a top 4 place every season and isn’t seen as one of the biggest in the world?
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