Pick of the bunch
We have another new manager who is already dividing opinion despite not yet even overseeing his first training session. There will be countless debates between now and the start of next season over the appointment, and I'd rather this article didn't descend into more of the same. Because I'd like to provoke a bit of to-and-fro over another hot topic. Namely, the possibility of Pochettino bringing one/some of his former charges with him along for the White Hart Lane ride.
It's taken for granted in that a manger switching clubs will be keen to make the leap accompanied by players who he knows, likes, and trusts from his former club. And it could be argued that Southampton currently have on their books players who would improve/add fresh dimensions to our defence, midfield, and attack. So with that in mind, I'm just going to point out the likely candidates and give my own opinion(s)
Luke Shaw - Probably going to be second choice LB for England at this World Cup, but a likely first choice for the foreseeable future. Has all the ingredients at an incredibly young age, and a frightening potential for improvement. We would not be in pole position to nick him, and we would certainly not be able to compete finincially should a bidding war ensue. Would I take him? In a heartbeat! Can I see it happening? Unfortunately not.
Adam Lallana - Waited until the age of 26 to have his breakthrough season. At that age, it is often said that midfielders are entering their prime, and a (fully deserved) call up to Englands World Cup squad confirms his qualities. For me though, despite being able/comfortable working and coming off the flanks, he is very much an attacking CM. An area in which we already have numbers. Eriksen for me is just as good. But if we can find buyers at fair prices for any of Siggy/Holtby/Chadli then I would take a punt. Although I feel the price being bandied around of £25 million is far too steep. Maybe Danny Boy could pull a flanker and go in at say £15 mil plus one of the above?
Jay Rodriguez - Probably the one that intrigues and piques my interest the most. Looked a shoe-in for yet another World Cup berth. Adept at playing anywhere across a front 3, with great feet (yes, 2 of them!!), a decent turn of pace, great football intelligence, and a real rocket of a shot on him. Would probably cost less than the two players previously mentioned, while offering more in terms of adaptability and usefulness squad-wise. Again, if we could get in with a low-end bid of say £5 mil plus any of Siggy/Holtby/Chadli then this for me would be a bit of a coup.
Lovren/Nathaniel Clyne/Calum Chambers - I've lumped these three in together, as their arrivals would depend on departures. Lovren and Clyne would certainly expect to be first-choice at any new club. This would mean demoting/saying goodbye to some of our own established first-teamers. Clyne vs. Walker? Much of a much-ness. Both look infinitely better going forward than defending, but with electric pace to dig them out of some/most of their forays up the wing.
I'm undecided. Chambers may be more content to be part of a large squad rotation. He's already behind Clyne in the pecking order at Saints, and with us competing on 4 fronts he would probably see more game-time with us. A cheeky couple of mil plus Naughton maybe?
I wanted Lovren last year. His price will have probably doubled, but for me would be awesome alongside Verts. If we can get good prices for Dawson/Kaboul, then he's a step-up in quality and age.
Other names will crop up I'm sure. Schneiderlin shows good qualities and is already being linked with many clubs at home and abroad. Lambert (if Liverpool falls through) would be a cheap-ish option for those clubs who are a striker short. Ward-Prowse has potential aplenty.
You may have suggestions that I've totally missed/forgotten, and as always I welcome the chance to be educated. Anyway, as always, come on you beautiful Spurs!!!
Written by LilyWhiteHart