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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Kolasinac story doesn't have the ring of truth


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It seems we are being linked with player after player from Schalke 04, attacking midfielder Max Meyer, midfielder Leon Goretzka, previously with midfielder Johannes Geis, striker Breel Embolo, winger Yevyen Konoplyanka and centre-back Benedikt Howedes.

Now we are linked with a player we have been watching for years 23-year-old (24 in June) Bosnian left-back Saed Kolasinac, who isn't the 'sensation' Football insider claim. He has been offered to Everton according to reports, while in others Manchester City and Chelsea are trying to sign him. If that were the case then his agent wouldn't be offering him to Everton. Clearly, there are differing stories and it's a question of which one you believe.

Why would we need him if we have Danny Rose, who has indicated in an interview with Spurs TV recently that he intends to stay at the club at least until the end of his contract if not longer, have Ben Davies, who has just signed a new contract and are interested in signing Luke Shaw. Signing the Manchester United full-back would mean Davies moving to centre-back cover for our three man defence.

In that scenario, he would be seen as an alternative to Shaw and would be the second choice full-back, something I doubt he would want to agree to. Shaw has the Premier League experience that we like and has worked successfully with Mauricio Pochettino before, he would be a clear number one choice, assuming a fee and wages could be settled upon.

The offer German daily newspaper Bild claim has been made to Saed Kolasinac is a £5.1 million salary which equates to £98,076-a-week. That simply doesn't sound plausible for a left-back at Tottenham, Danny Rose and half the side would be demanding an immediate wage increase, even though they have already had one, if that were true and he arrived on those wages

Kolasinac is a free agent at the end of the season, which is why he has been touted around clubs. With no fee he can be offered greater wages, but wages he is offered by clubs would have to take into account the wages of players already at a club, he isn't a 'superstar' player or a 'sensational' player, he is just a good professional international standard player, no better than Danny Rose or Luke Shaw a few years back.

Football Insider call him an assist machine, yet Kyle Walker has the same number of league assists as Kolasinac and I don't hear anyone referring to him as an assist machine, it just shows the sensationalism people like to use to hide the truth in a story. The press want you to focus on the sensational to avoid thinking too much about the content of a story and whether it is actually believable or not.

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