Why Tottenham Hotspur Must Go For This Atletico Madrid Star At All Costs In January
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in a move for Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas Gaitan. The North London side were keen on signing him earlier as well but the move did not go through. Now, Mauricio Pochettino is once again targeting the player and could land the player in January.
Pressure continues to build on the manager as Tottenham are currently gracing the 7th spot in the league table. Having amassed 31 points, they are 3 points behind 4th-placed Liverpool.
If they are to seal their chances of a top-4 finish, a player like Gaitan could prove to be a massive boost. If reports are to be believed, Gaitan himself is looking for a change and the Premier League could be a likely destination. At 29 years of age, the player has found it hard to cement a regular spot for himself in Diego Simeone’s starting XI. It is important for him to clock as many minutes as possible right now and an exit seems to be the only way of achieving that.
He has appeared just 6 times in the La Liga this season and has failed to score a single goal. One might argue and say that there is no need for Spurs to sign a player who seems to be out of form but the fact is that Gaitan is known to be quite lethal in the right set-up.
For example, at Benfica, he was dubbed an assist machine, having provided a whopping 88 assists in 253 matches. If Pochettino is successful in bringing him to Wembley, there is no reason why Gaitan cannot replicate a similar form.
Tottenham have been largely inconsistent this season and have suffered some devastating defeats so far. Their alleged over-dependence on Harry Kane continues to be a hotly debated topic but the fact remains that they lack edge when it comes to the final third.
They arguably have some of the best players in the league right now and yet, it feels like something is amiss. Gaitan could prove to be that missing piece and can provide some better attacking threat when compared to the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
Although Lamela is edging closer to making regular starts after missing out for almost a year, it might not be a bad idea for Pochettino to bring an experienced player like Gaitan to the mix. At a time when Spurs are in desperate need of securing a top-four finish by the end of the season, the Atletico star would be a valuable addition in the long-run.