Why Tottenham Should Avoid Spending On Riyad Mahrez
Tottenham Hotspur stand as one of the most consistent teams in the Premier League, but they are finding it hard to lure top class talents and keep the first-team players at the club for the new season. They might lose a star player or two this summer but Mauricio Pochettino is determined to improve the quality in the side and has been linked with a move for some quality players.
One such player now linked with a move to the White Hart Lane is Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. The PFA player of the year for the 2015-16 season when the Foxes lifted the Premier League title, Mahrez is reportedly ready to quit the King Power this summer but is yet to receive any official offers from clubs around Europe.
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are reportedly interested in his signature. But is Mahrez the right man for Spurs next season? At 26, the Algerian international is an exciting winger who has gathered loads of experience in the last couple of years in the English league and also at the international level, making 30 appearances for the Algerian national side.
A sensational dribbler with a keen eye for goal, Mahrez failed to have a huge impact on the season, picking up just 10 goals and 7 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions. Capable of playing through the middle as well, Mahrez is a left-footed winger who loves to play on the right flank, cut in, and create havoc in the final third. He is also adept at running past the backline to supply exquisite crosses while his pace only makes him more dangerous.
He is also aware of his defensive duties and though he is not the strongest in the air, he is an asset to have for any club. However, Spurs are looking for established players who can come good every time they are called upon and Mahrez does not fit the bill.
He is the kind of a player who needs form behind him to succeed. He could yet take a place in the first team under Pochettino, who might use Christian Eriksen on the left flank and Dele Alli through the middle. However, the Spurs need a player who can have the same impact as Alli and Eriksen, and Mahrez is not at that stage yet.
He is potentially a superb player and could help Tottenham from the bench next season but after the failure of Moussa Sissoko last season, Pochettino will have to be careful with spending on another player who has impressed just for a season.