Why Tottenham Signing Ross Barkley Can Improve Dele Alli’s Performances
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in a January move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who currently earns £60,000-a-week. He was subjected to a lot of interest from Spurs over the summer but the move ultimately failed since the player was understood to prefer a move to Chelsea. However, Barkley’s decision to join the Blues did not go through and fell apart at the eleventh hour. Since then, he has been out of the Toffees’ squad with an injury and is yet to make an appearance so far.
A lot has changed at Goodison Park with Sam Allardyce in charge now. He has managed to haul the side out of relegation danger and they are in a comfortable spot now. It remains to be seen how Barkley fares under the new manager and with long-standing interest from Tottenham, the player might be tempted to move. While it is unsure as to whether or not Barkley will be keen on moving, there is no doubt that he can be a valuable addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
To be very honest, had Barkley joined Tottenham over the summer, he would have been more of a surplus but right now, there is a serious dearth of attack force at the club. Dele Alli has been frustratingly inconsistent this season. He started off on an average note but was shockingly splendid against reigning Europen champions Real Madrid in both legs of their UEFA Champions League encounter. However, his performances have dwindled once more.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen has also struggled to an extent and a player like Barkley could truly make a difference. He could provide some much-needed competition for Alli which could, in turn, extract better performances from the youngster. There has been an over-dependence of sorts on Alli and perhaps having another promising player in the squad could push him to do better. It will also allow Pochettino to have greater flexibility in terms of deploying his troops up front.
Barkley is understood to have returned to training and could be in line to make an appearance soon enough. His future still remains unresolved though. Barkley has now entered the final six months of his contract and it will be interesting to see if he makes the move to join Tottenham either in January or next summer. When he is fit, he can be a lethal attacking option and that can truly bring about a nice dimension to Spurs’ attack in the upcoming games.