Tottenham could heap further misery on Mauricio Pochettino by pushing for one of his most important players so far this season.
Tottenham look set to heap further misery on Mauricio Pochettino by pursuing one of his most important players this season, Conor Gallagher. Spurs are reportedly ‘pressing ahead’ with their plan to sign the Chelsea playmaker as Ange Postecoglou looks to continue his spending spree this month.
Chelsea have endured a miserable start to the season, with their 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night highlighting some of their glaring issues. The Blues lack true star quality across the squad, despite the £1billion being spent recently on building the team.
Further additions are anticipated as a result, with Pochettino demanding reinforcements in defence and a marquee No. 9 to lead the line for his side in the long term. However, his demands look set to come at an almighty cost.
According to The Independent, Tottenham are ‘pressing ahead’ with their plans to sign Chelsea academy graduate Gallagher, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge previously.
The England international has featured regularly in Pochettino’s side and the ex-Spurs has publicly implied that he would like the higher powers at Chelsea to offer Gallagher a new contract rather than offloading him to raise funds.
His pleas may be set to fall on deaf ears, as Tottenham are in the market for a new midfielder and had the 23-year-old at the very top of their shortlist of targets since the summer. The sale of Gallager would be a significant blow to Pochettino given he is one of his most trusted stars and has captained the club on numerous occasions ahead of more experienced players, like Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling.
The playmaker is viewed as a good fit for his manager’s 4-3-3 system, which could be why Postecoglou is so keen to acquire his services. However, Chelsea have never shied away from making it clear that bids for Gallagher would be entertained, and a significant bid from Tottenham could give them plenty to think about.
If Pochettino was to see one of his most important players offloaded to his former club then he could demand a thorough explanation and a replacement to be purchased as a matter of urgency. Chelsea’s current midfield trio of Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher and Moises Caicedo has not set the Premier League alight, though selling the best-performing of the three may be a step backwards rather than forwards, especially as they would be strengthening a direct rival.
Tottenham, in contrast, would be completing a hat-trick of impressive signings by welcoming Gallagher to their ranks, with Radu Dragusin set to sign and Timo Werner joining on loan for the remainder of the campaign.