Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as an exciting European force in recent years under Mauricio Pochettino, the young Argentine chief who is guiding them to compete for Premier League glory. He has done a fantastic job so far in North London regarding promoting the youngsters into the squad and eventually establishing them as key first-team regulars.
Spurs, meanwhile, are linked with a summer switch for one more exciting prodigy who is making significant strides with Sunderland in League One. They are one of the many outfits who are monitoring the 20-year-old Black Cats striking sensation Josh Maja, according to The Express.
The youngster was roped in from Fulham back in March 2015 on a two-year scholarship deal and was later handed a three-year deal when he signed his first professional contract with Sunderland. The appointment of Jack Ross as the new Stadium of Light chief has helped Maja flourish with regular goals and match-winning display.
The famous Wearside outfit are favourites to earn a Championship promotion with Maja spearheading their attack having notched 14 goals in 24 games already. But the player, out of contract at the end of the season, has not yet extended his stay alerting his suitors about a potential summer move.
Spurs, though the frontrunners, are not the only side which wishes to secure his services for free. Crystal Palace, Wolves, Manchester City and Huddersfield Town are also keen on the player as reported by Simon Jones for Mailonline.
A move to Tottenham, however, would be the right call from the player’s entourage even though there is Harry Kane as the prolific ‘number 9’. Pochettino’s philosophy of grooming the youth should help Maja settle in and adjust to the demands of Premier League football.
With veteran Fernando Llorente’s contract set to expire within six months, the young centre-forward would be valuable as Kane’s understudy. He has already grabbed attention for his exquisite dribbling traits and goal-poaching instinct – some key attributes to thrive high up the pitch.
Spurs, meanwhile, must step up the chase and wrap him up on a pre-contract agreement. The player has a bright future ahead of him but must finish the season on a high note with the same intensity shown this far in the Black Cats colours. Sunderland’s return to the second tier would uplift his confidence further which, in turn, should help him to make a mark in his next venture.