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Tottenham Gaffer Interested In Man United Midfielder – A Reunion That Will Serve The Team Well?

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Sourav Bhakat
An ardent sports lover who loves to sleep, eat and watch Manchester City play. In that order.

Mauricio Pochettino is seeking a reunion with Morgan Schneiderlin as he attempts a cheeky move on the deadline day to test Manchester United’s resolve. Schneiderlin has been pushed down to 4th choice midfielder after the signing of Paul Pogba. While many expected him to be the natural partner of Pogba due to their playing style being a perfect foil for each other and also due to their French connection it was expected they would have a better understanding. But Mourinho pulled an unlikely cat out of the bag as he started off with Fellaini in midfield. It was partly due to Schneiderlin being given more days off after his Euro exertions. But the big Belgian grasped the opportunity brilliantly and as of now he looks undroppable. And with Michael Carrick’s experience, it is likely that Morgan will have to wait for his chances in the Domestic cup competitions to get a look-in.

Schneiderlin is predominantly a defensive minded midfielder who has the propensity to pop up with important goals once in a while. He started his career at Strasbourg before moving to Southampton in June 2008 on a 4-year deal. Since then he has made 260 appearances in all competitions over 7 years at the club. He was in the team which won consecutive promotions to reach the Premier League.

In the 2013 season, Schneiderlin registered the most tackles, interceptions and highest work rate which enabled him to win the Player’s Player of the Year and Fan’s Player of the Year and established him as one of the most exciting midfield prospect in England.

Tottenham Hotspur v Atletico De Madrid - 2016 International Champions Cup Australia

Tottenham have the Champions League matches to contend with this season and looking at their squad depth it seems imperative that Pochettino needs to add to his options. While they have addressed the long-standing issue of a back-up to Kane, after the departure of Ryan Mason to Hull City, their central midfield reserves are rather thin. Schneiderlin will offer a lot and will probably be an upgrade to his current options. The pair have worked together in Morgan’s best year as a player and the duo is likely to be successful once again.

But the deal is not without its problems. Manchester United will loathe selling to their direct rivals at least we hope they are) though Jose does have exceptions for players he deems surplus to requirements, as we saw in Mata’s transfer from Chelsea to United. But with Bastian Schweinsteiger frozen out of the first team, Jose will want Schneiderlin to stay. His attributes as a player are unquestionable and the player has supposedly expressed his desire to fight for his place for the next couple of months. But it is a transfer which we have to keep an eye on. Will probably be a welcome move for the player according to us.

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