Tottenham are showing interest in Adrien Rabiot
It may not be a terribly popular idea, but Tottenham are strongly considering purchasing an upgrade over Harry Winks this summer. Spurs are contemplating making a bold summer move to pry Adrien Rabiot away from PSG.
As you’ll recall, the North London club tried to bring the 21-year-old Frenchman to England on loan two seasons ago. A lot has changed since then. Rabiot was very much an untested prospect then. Now he’s firmly established himself as a member of Unai Emery’s starting XI.
The Mirror is reporting that Spurs may swoop for Rabiot this summer. His contract with PSG runs through 2019, but he’s making rumblings that he may be up for a summer move. If PSG aren’t successful in winning a Champions League crown, it’s quite possible that Rabiot will look to make the move to England to further his career.
It’s fair to question why Tottenham would be looking at a player like Rabiot this summer. After all, Mauricio Pochettino seemingly has a wealth of options in the middle of the pitch. Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama seem firmly entrenched as his starters in the double-pivot. Presumably, Eric Dier will also rejoin the defensive midfield rotation next season.
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Then there’s the emergence of Harry Winks as a real two-way option off the bench. Spurs fans have become very fond of the Academy prospect as of late. His poise on the ball and ability to keep the ball moving have been a huge help for Pochettino’s squad.
Winks has been a nice story, but if Tottenham can acquire a player of Rabiot’s quality they have to make the ruthless decision. It may seem harsh to push Winks to the periphery, but that’s the price that will be required to take the squad from good to great.
In Rabiot we’re talking about a player with a Whoscored.com player rating average of 7.24 in Ligue 1 play. That sort of performance would comfortably equate to an above average starter in the Premier League. It’s not impossible to think that Rabiot might be able to dislodge Dembele or Wanyama in the starting lineup.
In many ways, this is just the sort of transfer story that’s going to pop up over and over for Tottenham this summer. Elevating the squad to the level of a real Premier League title contender may require some tough decisions. Fortunately, Mauricio Pochettino has shown a real penchant for making the right decisions for Spurs no matter what the emotional effects.