Are we getting carried away?
For every person that claims we are definitely buying Adam Lallana, there is another saying we definitely won`t be. What we do know is that half of them will definitely be right…
Perhaps the question is, whether he or others are right for Spurs and perhaps even more important is whether they are good value or not. Don`t get me wrong, I rate Lallana very highly, however at a suggested £25m. is he too rich and too expensive and would we be better served looking elsewhere. That elsewhere doesn`t have to be for a lesser player, but perhaps one that isn`t quite in the same inflated Premiership bracket, but one that is equally as good and perhaps even better.
We have seen and spoken of someone like Vika Konoplyanka before and he would be valued at around half of what we would be expected to pay Southampton, whilst if Liverpool are allowed to get Lallana, you assume that makes things easier in our attempts to get the Ukrainian. We will of course have the bigger gamble with a player adapting to England and its football, but we also know that paying twenty-five million is no absolute guarantee of success either.
Where we have to be looking is at areas of the side that are weaker. Attacking midfield probably isn`t one of those places, unless we are looking at a serious clear out. We might argue that selling Sigurdsson and Holtby for around £15m leaves us not having to spend too much on Lallana. Throw Townsend into the mix and we might even be in profit. However is that really the way to go and do we really know who Pochettino likes or dislikes in the Spurs squad? I actually seem to recall him trying to sign Andros on loan. Does that mean he rates him?
Although Pochettino and Baldini are obviously going to get a decent sum to spend this summer, you know there will also be a balancing of the books and space made in the squad, but also there will be a demand for youth to be brought in. Is there a potential that a Ryan Mason (remember him) or an Alex Pritchard will be seen as a future Lallana for example.
I vividly recall people talking of Lallana a few years ago, as being too slow, too lightweight and too whatever else. There was always the thinking that he was technically good, but probably just short or Prem quality. Do we as a club and in Poch as a manager, have the character and vision to unearth our own Lallana or whoever else we might be talking about?..