Tottenham Opinion: Why Malcom would be a fantastic fit for Pochettino
According to a report from Marca (h/t Football Espana), Tottenham and Everton are interested in signing Barcelona forward Malcom.
Malcom, 22, joined Barcelona last summer from Bordeaux but managed just six La Liga starts in his debut season. The Brazilian has failed to adjust to the La Liga and Barcelona are ready to sanction his sale after just one season at the Nou Camp, with the report claiming the Spanish champions will demand €60m.
With that in mind, Tottenham must beat Everton to sign Malcom from Barcelona.
Tottenham have managed to sign only two players in the summer transfer window so far. Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele are the players to have arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, although the former has returned to Leeds United on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.
Pochettino is keen to sign an attacking wide player, who can also operate through the middle, and Malcom does fit into that category.
Malcom is a very good talent and needs to leave the Camp Nou in order to reignite his career. A move to Tottenham could actually suit him very well and he has all the qualities which are required to succeed under Pochettino.
Technically astute and supremely composed on the ball, Malcom is an out-and-out winger but can play centrally if required. He is blessed with good pace, power and dribbling skills, and has the tendency to cut in on his left foot and test the goalkeeper with a powerful shot.
His quick passing, dribbling, close control and ability to hold onto the ball in tight situations are some key features that the Brazilian international has in his locker.
The 22-year-old also possesses the ability to strike the ball from distance and is a threat from dead-ball situations. He is a composed finisher in front of goal and always seems to get into the right place at the right time to finish everything that is fed to him.
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Spurs do have plenty of options in the wide attacking department, including the likes of Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela. But Malcom’s versatility will give Pochettino a number of options next season and his ability to score and create will help Tottenham mount a significant title challenge. Moreover, the Brazilian will be a straight upgrade on the injury-prone Lamela.
Malcom’s career has stalled a bit at Barcelona but he is only 22 and has enough time to put his career back on track. Thus, a move to Tottenham would be a step in the right direction as the left-footed winger can fulfil his true potential under Pochettino.