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Tottenham Hotspur Face Stumbling Block In Pursuit Of Aston Villa Ace: What Should Be Spur’s Play?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Daily Mirror, English midfielder Jack Grealish has a whopping £60m release clause in his current contract with Aston Villa after he penned a new five-year deal with the West Midlands club back in September last year.

The same source has also revealed that the Villans are planning to cash in on their prized asset this summer if they fail to win promotion back to the Premier League at the end of this campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur have previously attempted to sign the player, but they were put off by his £25m price tag (via the Daily Mirror). Thus, his £60m buyout clause could prove to be a huge stumbling block for Spurs and their chances of landing Grealish in this post-season.

Why Grealish’s Massive Buy-out Clause Could Be A Blessing In Disguise For Spurs?

The North London giants broke their transfer record when they paid £42m to secure the services of Davinson Sanchez in the summer of 2017. However, since then, Mauricio Pochettino has hardly managed to splash any cash in the transfer market, so it is quite difficult to see how Spurs will be able to cough up Grealish’s buyout clause this summer.

Maybe, it could be a blessing in disguise as the Villans captain is still unproven at the highest level. So spending too much money on him doesn’t make much sense as it could harm Tottenham’s financial capabilities in the long-run.

What Does Grealish Offer On The Pitch?

The 23-year-old has featured in 32 matches for Dean Smith’s side this term, scoring six goals while grabbing six assists across all competitions. What makes Grealish so special is his versatility to play in multiple positions across the frontline. He primarily dictates play from the number 10 position but is equally capable of influencing the game from the flanks.

The English prospect is a complete midfielder as he can do a little bit of everything in the opposition half. Grealish has decent pace and is a very productive dribbler with the ball out in the wide areas. He also has an eye for a killer pass in the final third but lacks the defensive work ethic required to play for an elite club like Tottenham.

What Should Be Pochettino’s Play Here?

To conclude, it seems like Pochettino might be better of opting for more proven talents in the upcoming transfer market rather than pay over the odds to bring Grealish to the new White Hart Lane.

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