There can be no doubt that Mauricio Pochettino has done a remarkable job since joining Tottenham Hotspur in 2014, but their fans want more. Another trophyless season was a bitter pill to swallow for many, and reinforcements are required this summer if another one isn’t to follow.
Midfield has often been highlighted as an area of relative weakness within the squad, with recent recruits such as Moussa Sissoko failing to prove that they’re at the required level. One young player currently plying his trade in the Championship, however, may well be.
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has been lauded as a huge prospect for a number of years, and many now believe he’s ready for a step up. The Premier League is believed to be his level and, after his current club lost out in last month’s play-off final to Fulham, now may be the time for him to make the step up.
Spurs, reportedly, are interested.
As they enter a new and exciting era at the redeveloped White Hart Lane, Pochettino’s squad needs new players capable of having a real impact on the pitch. Genuinely positive contributions are required, but is Grealish up to the challenge?
|CLUB Aston Villa||AGE 22Y 8M|
|POS MID||HEIGHT 5FT 9IN|
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Grealish took part in 30 of Villa’s 49 Championship outings last season (including playoffs) and the stats suggest that he was something of a difference maker for them.
Average goals per game may have remained identical with and without him but average goals against dropped with Grealish in the side, suggesting that a player more widely known for his attacking prowess also contributed positively in defence.
For Spurs next season, however, results will be the most important thing. Wins are required, and the stats appear to show that Grealish could contribute to them. A 53% win ratio with him on the pitch was strong and is a good indicator of what he could bring to White Hart Lane.
While many Spurs fans may want a big, galactico-style signing, shopping closer to home can often be a more fruitful option. There can be no doubt that Grealish has genuine potential and under Pochettino he could flourish. The price tag may be sizeable, but the rewards could be huge.
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