A missed opportunity – Here’s why Tottenham’s failure to sign this Portuguese ace will haunt Poch

Why Tottenham should have signed Ricardo Pereira

Tottenham have made a wobbly start to their campaign. It happens to the best of teams and it looks like Spurs are facing the same.

Mauricio Pochettino has handled everything thrown his way in the last few seasons professionally but he’s looked far more frustrated this season. There are various reasons for this – right from the transfer activity to the underperforming players.

A big reason for the underperformance has been the lack of creativity without Kieran Trippier and an out-of-form Christian Eriksen, who is in the final year of his contract.

Spurs need an entire reshuffle and they will regret not signing Ricardo Pereira from Porto when Kyle Walker left the club as he would’ve been the perfect replacement at the time.

Ricardo Pereira

He went onto join Leicester City last season and they’ve been all the better for it. Spurs felt his true effect last week when he scored the equalizer against them.

Pereira isn’t just a goal threat though; his biggest threat is his ability to create chances, which he showed last season with 7 assists. The Portuguese is also a full international and knows what it’s like to play at the top-level and should really be playing Champions League football.

He’s a typical modern full-back, who likes to bomb up and down the flanks and can find a final pass. He can also play on the opposite flank and is at an age where he’s heading into his prime.

As for Tottenham, it’s a missed opportunity as they opted to go for Serge Aurier instead, who has been far too inconsistent since joining the North London side.

Serge Aurier

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Getting Pereira would have been only one change among many that Spurs need to address. They play Southampton at home in their next game, which is already feeling like a must-win and that’s never a good sign.

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Written by Suwaid Fazal

Football enthusiast. Always bust talking tactics and fantasy football.
Law graduate.

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