Why Tottenham should’ve signed Thomas Strakosha
Tottenham Hotspur needed a result in the North London derby against their local rivals Arsenal at the weekend and just about managed to get one over them.
It was a relief for Mauricio Pochettino, who has looked like a figure of frustration throughout the summer, and even admitted that he was happy the transfer window came to an end.
The reasons for this are fairly clear as he has many players who are now a lot older and it’s important for a manager to be able to build new squads every 4-5 years like Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger had done in the past and Diego Simeone has done more recently.
One player that the Argentine manager would’ve liked in this transition is Albanian international and current Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, who they were linked with in the summer.
The 24-year-old has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Serie A since taking the number one spot in 2016 and has taken it into his stead since. He’s developed under a very tactical manager in Simone Inzaghi, and is a typical modern-day goalkeeper.
The Albanian always ends up with a great pass success rate as Lazio play out from the back to build their attacks or play it long to Sergej Milenkovic-Savic.
Strakosha is brilliant with both ranges of passing. He is also a fantastic shot-stopper due to his large frame at 1.93m and is extremely agile when it comes to coming off his line to sweep danger and take command in the air.
The one area of his game that he needs to work on is pushing saves away to safety, as more often than not he spills the ball back into the danger area.
However, this is something he can work on because he is still very young. The Albanian oozes great confidence in his play and presence as he never looks fazed by anything. This can transmit to the rest of the team in a position which is extremely crucial.
Hugo Lloris is not getting any younger and while he had some outstanding games in the Champions League against the likes of Borrusia Dortmund and Manchester City last season, he’s also had a fair few howlers in recent seasons.
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It was by far his most inconsistent season and the France and Spurs captain can’t continue to perform at that level of inconsistency if Spurs are to mount a title challenge.
He was a novelty before the likes of Ederson joined the league because he was great at sweeping danger. But with so many new keepers coming to the league since, he’s known more for his stopping abilities once again and not his overall play.
Thomas Strakosha would be a signing that would help Spurs for the best part of the next decade. Tottenham should’ve done more to sign him and should try to sign him in the near future.