Why Tottenham Hotspur must go all out to sign Danilo Pereira in January
Tottenham Hotspur continued their best ever start to a Premier League season by beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Tottenham’s victory at Crystal Palace means they are at fourth place on the table, a point behind third-placed Chelsea who were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton on Sunday. The Champions League tests against Inter Milan and then Barcelona will see the qualities of Mauricio Pochettino’s team examined in different ways but for now, Spurs are keeping pace with the league’s three unbeaten sides.
But for Tottenham Hotspur to mount a significant title challenge this season, they need to spend in January after failing to sign a single player in the summer. Mauricio Pochettino should look to strengthen his options in the midfield following Mousa Dembele’s recurrent injury problems in the last couple of years.
Mousa Dembele damaged his ankle ligaments in the 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and will be sidelined until January. This is not the first time that the Belgian has been sidelined this term, having already suffered an ankle injury in the earlier stages of the season.
Victor Wanyama has also been in and out of the team due to injury problems and has managed just seven appearances so far this campaign. Although Pochettino has the likes of Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks as options in central midfield, none of them can be entirely relied upon.
Suffice to say, Spurs need to strengthen their options in central midfield as it is quite evident that Mousa Dembele is nearing the end of his time at North London. Pochettino can certainly make a move for FC Porto’s midfield powerhouse Danilo Pereira in January.
Danilo Pereira missed this summer’s World Cup after partially tearing his Achilles tendon and underwent a surgery before the start of the new season. The 26-year-old returned to full fitness at the start of the season and has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Porto this season so far.
Spurs already have a talented midfielder in Harry Winks and Pereira’s arrival in North London would give them a central midfield pairing with every quality needed to be a success.
Standing at 6ft 2in, Danilo is a strong, physical defensive midfielder who is capable of dominating the opposition with his burly frame. He is good in the air, strong in the tackle and also a very good reader of the game.
To go with his power, physicality and aerial prowess, the Portuguese is adept at winning the ball in the midfield and never hesitates to stick his foot out when needed. Danilo’s technique may not be supreme but he makes it up with his work ethic.
In other words, the 27-year-old has the combination of pace, power and energetic tenacity of a top class destroyer with the desire to maraud forward with the ball and dribble past defenders.
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Pochettino should not hesitate to sign Danilo Pereira from Porto to bolster his squad in the mid-season transfer window.