It’s been a very long time since Tottenham last signed a player. Over a year actually, and it was Lucas Moura who arrived from PSG. The Brazilian scored an impressive hattrick to put Spurs into a Champions League final in this week, so that signing didn’t turn out too badly, did it?
And now it seems the club are finally set to venture back into the transfer market. Their first signing is likely to be Andre Gomes. Currently on loan at Everton from Barcelona, the midfielder has agreed on personal terms with Spurs and the clubs are close to agreeing on a fee of around €30million (£25million), according to SPORT.
Could this finally be a replacement for Mousa Dembele who left the club in January 2018.
Gomes is not the most creative player and has only managed 1 goal and 1 assist in the Premier League this season (24 appearances). Much like Dembele, though, Gomes offers a lot more to a team. He’s excellent in transition, and uses his strong frame, standing at 6ft 2’ to control the midfield.
Dembele scored just 7 goals in 181 appearances but Pochettino still rated the Belgian international as one of the best players he has managed.
Moussa Sissoko has been a revelation for the club this season, but the team look a lot worse in midfield when he is not on the pitch. Adding Gomes would ensure there is more than one technically gifted, but physically strong player in that midfield. Pochettino of course also has Victor Wanyama at his disposal, but the Kenyan’s technical limitations are obvious.
A unique quality for someone of his size is his dribbling ability. The Portuguese international is great at carrying the ball through midfield and then passing the ball to creative players. You can see how he would fit in nicely to Tottenham’s team and for €30million, the 25-year-old looks good value in this current market.
There has been talk of Cristian Eriksen leaving this summer, but Gomes is certainly not a replacement for the Dane. Should Eriksen leave, the club would surely pursue midfielders with more attacking influence.
Time will tell if this move happens or not, but it would be a solid Premier League addition to this Tottenham team as they look to build a deeper squad to better sustain a title challenge next season.