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Tottenham Hotspur Want Experienced Portuguese Midfielder: How Will He Improve Pochettino’s Squad?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Tottenham Hotspur have been one of the most consistent clubs in the Premier League in the last couple of seasons but Mauricio Pochettino has nothing to show for his side’s efforts and needs to change a few things to get them to win some silverware next season. They are looking to add some of the finest talents in world football to the squad but are yet to make their first move after the end of the previous season.

However, reports from the Record (via the Daily Star) claim that Tottenham Hotspur are now free to sign Portuguese international Adrien Silva this summer. A transfer target for Leicester City as well, Silva joined Sporting as a 13-year old and has ever since grown into a regular at the club in the last three years.

He has 31 goals in 165 appearances all his career in Portugal and was in decent form last season, picking up six goals and four assists to his name. The Portuguese outfit are ready to offload him for £26m this summer while the Spurs are looking to make an opening bid of £17.5m but should Pochettino look to meet his value and fend off interests from other clubs?

Capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well, the 28-year old is a central midfielder with some serious technique to show for. He is adept at sitting deep and running the game for his side while his vision and passing abilities allow him to break even the best defences apart with ease.

He does not take risks and shields the ball very well but his biggest strength is his ability to win the ball back and put in crunching tackles in the middle of the park. He is strong and fend off opponents to hold onto possession of the ball and will be a very good addition to most squads in England.

At 28, he also has 18 appearances for the national side to his name and has gathered some much-needed experience and will be a superb addition to the squad for Pochettino.

English international Eric Dier is linked with a move to Manchester United while Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are not expected to be the first choice pairing throughout next season. Harry Winks has some time before he can start regularly in the Champions League and Pochettino might have found the right man in Silva to add the right balance to his side for the next season.

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