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Tottenham Get A Boost In Their Chase For Midfielder: Should They Take Advantage And Sign Him?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

The likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante consistently attracted the limelight for Leicester City achieving the impossible last season. Even the biggest Leicester fan might not have dreamt that his beloved side will go all the way claiming the Premier League title last season. An unsung hero in their Foxes’ journey to the very top of the Premier League was Danny Drinkwater and his stock is quite predictably very high right now.

A major bad news came Leicester City’s way as Drinkwater has reportedly snubbed a new deal to commit his future at King Power. The 26-year-old, who earns just £30k a week at Leicester City now, has rejected a new deal from the Premier League holders as he is not happy with the £80k a week wage he was offered. Spurs hold a firm interest in the Premier League winning midfielder and could pounce on the opportunity now if reports are to be believed.

Spurs have not been much active this summer bringing in just  two new players in the form of Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama. With their new stadium project going on, we can understand why there hasn’t been much splashing of cash from the Lilywhites. However, from Spurs’ opening fixture this season ending in a 1-1 draw with Everton clearly speaks for why Spurs need to spend now or else they will be left behind.

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It is as clear as daylight that both Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason are not particularly rated by Pochettino and are on the fringes of the squad. That leaves the North London side with just three options in midfield in Dier, Dembele and Wanyama which is not enough with Champions League football at the club. A quality addition in midfield will benefit the team and Drinkwater would be a solid addition to their ranks.

Drinkwater is a midfielder with all-round abilities. He can win the ball, is a good passer and has lungs of a horse. Blessed with a brilliant ability to read the game, Drinkwater can intercept dangers. In his only Premier League game this season, the 26-year-old recorded 86.8% passing accuracy and took 3 shots. He is also a clean tackler and likes to tackle which is visible from his 5 tackles against Hull City throughout the game.

With Dier and Wanyama both being defensive minded, adding an all-round midfielder like Drinkwater will be a great move from Pochettino. Just aged 26, Drinkwater’s peak years are yet to come. If Spurs can make this happen, it would be one hell of a deal for the Lilywhites.

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