Tottenham opinion: Should Spurs go all out to sign Benjamin Bourigeaud
According to the Express, Spurs have been credited with an interest in Rennes midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud, with the report claiming that Mauricio Pochettino is keen to freshen up his squad with some new arrivals this summer.
However, if Spurs are really serious about getting their hands on the versatile 25-year-old midfielder, then they would need to fend off interest from Premier League rivals Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, as per the Express.
The same report claims that Spanish giants Sevilla, as well as Italian heavyweights AC Milan and Juventus, are in the race to sign the Frenchman, who was one of the standout performers for Rennes in the French top-flight last season.
It is no surprise that Spurs are desperate to do some fruitful business this summer, having failed to bring in a single player over the last two transfer windows.
Lucas Moura was the last to come through the door back in January 2018, and while the Lilywhites exceeded expectations in the Champions League and secured a top-four finish in the Premier League last term, one cannot help but feel that they need fresh additions to keep moving in the right direction.
The North Londoners have a big decision to make on the future of Christian Eriksen, who is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract.
The highly influential Danish playmaker has been a key figure for the Lilywhites over the past few campaigns but it looks unlikely that he is going to stick around for much longer, meaning that the club needs to start looking for alternatives.
Pochettino found himself short of cover in the middle of the park numerous times over the course of the last campaign, with the likes of Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier all having spells on the sidelines for varying durations due to injuries.
Moussa Sissoko finally proved his worth as a utility player in the midfield but Spurs need more depth in their ranks if they are to really challenge the likes of Liverpool and Man City for the Premier League title next season.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Bourigeaud has been making a lot of noise with his consistently impressive performances for Rennes in the French top-flight over the last couple of seasons.
The 25-year-old midfielder excelled with 10 goals and 7 assists in Ligue 1 in the 2017-18 campaign, and while his tally of 6 goals and 5 assists last term wasn’t as impressive, the Frenchman has seemingly done enough to attract attention from a number of top-table Premier League sides.
A youth product of French club Lens, Bourigeaud racked up 10 goals and 10 assists in 109 appearances for his boyhood club over the course of four seasons before making his move to Rennes in the summer of 2017.
He made an instant impact in his first season at Rennes and his stocks have continued to soar sky-high in recent times due to his sparkling run of form.
Bourigeaud has accumulated an impressive 21 goals and 17 assists in 93 appearances for Rennes in all competitions and scored an absolute screamer against Arsenal in the 3-1 Round-of-16 first-leg victory over Arsenal in the Europa League the last term.
Essentially a central midfielder by trade, Bourigeaud is noted for his versatility to play in almost any position in the middle of the park.
Noted for his impressive range of passing, creativity, vision, hardworking nature, as well as his crossing and set-piece ability, the 25-year-old played in a box-to-box, holding and central attacking roles in the midfield last season, whilst also filling in as a wide player on either side of the pitch.
With Pochettino often favouring a midfield diamond with two attackers up front, the presence of a utility creative midfielder like Bourigeaud in the ranks would provide the manager with a lot more flexibility in terms of team selection and options on the bench.
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Keeping that in mind, Spurs should try to fend off interest from their Premier League rivals in the race to sign the versatile Frenchman, as the Lilywhites look to go one step further next term and challenge for the Premier League title.