Why Tottenham should step up their pursuit of £40m English ace after losing out on £24m starlet to Leicester

Tottenham Hotspur under Mauricio Pochettino have not only registered a place among the Premier League’s ‘big six’ but they have also emerged as an admirable force in Europe. Spurs have now secured a place in the prestigious Champions League for the third consecutive season.

Pochettino has formed a formidable and a youthful side, who look good when going forward. While Harry Kane is their prolific goalscorer, the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son offer creativity as well as consistency in the attacking third.

Spurs have invested plenty to rebuild their stadium but they must hand Pochettino a decent transfer kitty in the summer to continue the progress and attain silverware in due course. The Argentine manager signed a new long-term contract with Spurs after shaking off interest from Real Madrid.

Tottenham, who are looking to bolster their squad in the summer, were reportedly keen on Norwich City youngster James Maddison. Besides Spurs, Everton and Southampton were also interested in the 21-year-old. But it seems Maddison has decided to join Leicester City in a £24m deal.

James Maddison

However, Tottenham have already switched their focus to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish – another young English talent, who earned plaudits for his impressive displays in the Championship last season.

The 22-year-old featured regularly under Steven Bruce and played a key role in helping the club reach the playoff final. But they missed out a chance to return to the Premier League, following their loss to Fulham at Wembley.

And despite demanding a fee of around £40m for their prized asset previously, the current financial crisis at Aston Villa might force them to let Grealish leave in much lower terms.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who is known to be a hard negotiator, will look to exploit Villa’s current financial. Tottenham have reportedly already put forward a bid of £15m for Grealish.

Pochettino, who has already got a prolific attacking set-up at his disposal, however, is eyeing to add depth and quality to his squad in order to fight on all fronts next season.

Grealish is young, dynamic and versatile. He will fit into Pochettino’s set-up at Spurs, who are desperate to win silverware.

Written by Pratyay Maitra

A sports enthusiast and football fanatic.

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