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Monday, 15 August 2016

Rafa Silva is Pochettinio's top target

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We are being linked with a few wide men and attacking midfielders, or players who could perhaps play both positions, Pochettino does like versatile players after all.

If you look at his signings they are all generally young players with room to grow and improve, which is basically our transfer strategy, player who can improve the squad but who will also increase in value. He hasn't signed a 27-year-old player yet and it would be a surprise if he were to do so now, although if reports from other clubs are correct we have been in discussions, not for daft prices though.

The likelihood is a 27-year-old will decrease in value in a couple of years so if there is a younger option then we would look at them first. our option behind our first choice attacking three, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen are not great, there doesn't appear to be the strength in depth that we need.

We have Son returning from the Olympics where South Korea have just lost meaning Son is still liable to have to do 2 years national Service. Chadli can score goals but looks to be surplus to requirements, Josh Onomah is making his way, we have already tried to sell Clinton Njie and are looking for a better deal to bring in Georges-Kevin N'Koudou.

Eriksen had one of his ineffectual displays yesterday so clearly an alternative is needed. he struggles against packed defences. That alternative may be Rafa Silva. I have heard that he will be our main target for what is left of the window, which is no surprise to me. I have been wanting him for two years now and Spurs have been watching him since he caught the eye in the Portuguese second Division earning his move to Braga

The 23-year-old (24 next May) won't come cheap, especially as he has third party owners we would have to buy out. There is plenty of talk he is going to Porto, but he hasn't signed yet and will know of our interest and situation. There has also been plenty of talk that he would be intersted in coming to the Premier League.

Porto made an offer to Sporting Braga for Rafa Silva in January 2016 of £13.54-million (€16m -AUS$23.63 - US$17.87) for 80% of his economic rights, which was turned down.

Russian side Zenit St Petersburg offered £12.69-million (€15m -AUS$22.14 - US$16.75) which was also immediately turned down.

Braga president, Antonio Salvador, has stated he wants the full termination clause amount in the player's contract £16.92-million (€20m -AUS$29.53 - US$22.35).

In today's market that almost looks cheap for a right footed player who primarily plays on the left but can play anywhere across the attacking three behind a lone striker. if we can sign him then I'd expect to see Chadli depart, if we don't Chadli might well be staying.

It would also probably mean that we do not sign Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, who a;so primarily plays on the left. That would mean we keep Clinton Njie. The left hand side where Eriksen plays is a problem slot it seems. Two players, both who play the same position, surely we are likely to buy one, not both. That would explain the renegotiation of the N'Koudou deal. Give us a good deal or we sign Rafa Silva. 

Is Silva waiting to see the outcome of that before concluding his future? We would certainly be keeping his agent informed so he knows his options, that is quiet normal. How long do we leave it before we switch attention, I believe that is about to happen, we'll see soon.

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6 comments:

  1. The issue we have is that Erksen is being played out of position on the left side. I suspect this is also part of the issue with him signing a new contract. He should be rotating with Dele for the central spot but because they are both excellent players, Posh is accommodating both when really only one should play.
    Dele was awful against Everton and needs a rest so put Eriksen back in his natural position and then we need a fast attacking option to play on the left side.
    Sign Silva and N'Koudou and sell Chadli and Njie and we'll be OK.
    We still need competition for Dembele but I'm guessing Posh with use Mason & Winks until at least Jan and play Dier & Wanyama in tough away games.
    COYS

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    1. They rotate during the games all the time, I've noticed it often. Either of the 3 Attacking mids can be anywhere on pitch being left..central..right..but he is betrer in the centre of the pitch.. keep Njie for sure imo..but definitely buy Silva an Nkoudou

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    2. They rotate during the games all the time, I've noticed it often. Either of the 3 Attacking mids can be anywhere on pitch being left..central..right..but he is betrer in the centre of the pitch.. keep Njie for sure imo..but definitely buy Silva an Nkoudou

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  2. Be a class signing. Has experience and at the age of 27 a level uead no doubt. Which is so valuable.. keep what we have and sign Nkoudou an Silva and we will certainly have a fantastic, capable, and balanced squad COYS

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  3. Be a class signing. Has experience and at the age of 27 a level uead no doubt. Which is so valuable.. keep what we have and sign Nkoudou an Silva and we will certainly have a fantastic, capable, and balanced squad COYS

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