Tottenham have tried and arguably failed to so far replace the most expensive player in the world. While Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela have shown their class at times, Spurs are still looking for a consistent, swashbuckling option for the wings – a player who can mash up the opposition with pace and precision – someone to get behind defences and do regular damage.
Perhaps they feel that they have now found someone who can finally fit the bill. The Daily Mail says:
Tottenham rival Chelsea and Valencia in race to sign Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin
Tottenham have been encouraged to make a bid for Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin after the French club decided to listen to offers.
The 22-year-old winger, who can also play behind the striker, was the subject of enquiries from Tottenham earlier in the year and has also been watched by Chelsea and Valencia.
Thauvin is an absolute little beauty. He’s physical quick but has a football brain to optimise his natural attributes. At just 22, he’s already scoring goals on a reg for Marseille – 15 in 73 games so far – and he’s got a lovely final ball, as his 14 assists prove in decent measure.
Thauvin hasn’t yet broken through to the France senior side but he’s doing his utmost to get noticed with 7 goals in just 10 games for the U21 side.
We think that too many wingers have pace and natural ability OR football intelligence. You might put Erik Lamela in the first category and Chadli in the latter. But it’s a rare and beautiful thing to find a player with both. Thauvin could well be that man.
Let’s see him in action. Tottenham fans: should the prudent Mauricio snap him up?