Tottenham Hotspur ended the January window with sporting director Fabio Pas aratici having labored his magic to drag off a deadline day deal for long-term goal, Pedro Porro, after beforehand hijacking Everton’s pursuit of Arnaut Danjuma so as to deliver the Netherlands worldwide to N17.
The latter man could not have been the one ahead that the Lilywhites have been concentrating on, nevertheless, with The Athletic revealing that Paratici and co had proven an curiosity in prising Anthony Gordon from Goodison Park, previous to the 21-year-old’s current switch to Newcastle United.
The England U21 worldwide had seemingly been a goal for the north Londoners in the course of the summer time window, with reports having claimed that Spurs have been hoping to safe the signing of the Toffees academy graduate alongside Richarlison.
Maybe fortunately – so far as Tottenham supporters are involved – there was stated to be little greater than an enquiry made into the prospect of touchdown Gordon within the winter window, with that having doubtlessly been a bullet dodged for the top-four hopefuls.
Though the one-time Preston North End loanee has showcased flashes of his expertise in current occasions – having been described as “fearless” by Premier League legend Alan Shearer – it’s seemingly arduous to justify the £45m outlay that it might have taken to deliver the versatile gem to the capital.
Ought to Spurs have signed Gordon?
No, completely not!
Whereas doubtlessly a “sensational” signing for the Magpies, within the phrases of pundit Tam McManus, it might have been troublesome to see the knowledge in Antonio Conte’s aspect recruiting a participant who has simply seven objectives and eight assists to his identify thus far in 78 video games for the Merseysiders.
The truth is, the Kirkdale-born speedster has registered extra yellow playing cards than he has objectives in his profession thus far, having racked up 13 bookings throughout his time along with his now former employers.
With Spurs already boasting a ahead line that features the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevski and the aforementioned Richarlison, it could nicely have been reasonably weird to recruit a participant who would wrestle to supply ample competitors for that stellar solid of names.
That was seemingly the decision of former Tottenham man Paul Robinson, with the one-time England primary stating final month that Gordon is “not sufficient of a purpose menace”, having “not hit the heights of final season”.
The 6-foot winger has scored simply three top-flight objectives thus far within the present marketing campaign, after beforehand contributing four objectives and two assists within the league final time period, with such a report seemingly once more unfit of such substantial funding.
Though Gordon could nicely go on to blossom sooner or later, Conte was arguably in larger want of signings who can impression proceedings instantly within the race for Champions League qualification – therefore the addition of Danjuma – with the membership having averted a potential howler by not stepping up their curiosity within the younger Englishman.