Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was vocal in his desire to add an additional player to his attacking midfield options this summer – and his wish was granted on transfer deadline day.
Moussa Sissoko was signed from Newcastle United with only hours remaining of the summer transfer window, with the France international offering pace and power in wide areas for the White Hart Lane side.
— Moussa Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) August 31, 2016
However, a fee of £30 million seems excessive for a player that had just been relegated, with the winger’s performances at Euro 2016 playing a part in hiking up the Frenchman’s price.
Just whether Sissoko will fit in at Spurs remains to be seen, but there is little doubt that for the same fee a host of other alternatives could have been acquired by the North London side.
Here are three that may well have had the Tottenham fans more excited.
Tottenham were linked with the Real Madrid playmaker in the final days of the transfer window in what would have been an audacious and ground-breaking deal.
Isco ended up staying in the Spanish capital but has since found playing time non-existent and a move in January seems highly likely.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 20, 2016
Although the Spain international does not provide Sissoko’s pace or power, his vision and ability on the ball would have taken the quality of an already stellar Tottenham forward line to the next level.
The new Everton signing has similar attributes to Sissoko but cost the Toffees £4 million less this summer after moving from Crystal Palace.
Great first training session today looking forward to the game Saturday ????? pic.twitter.com/chFGf7vTx7
— Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) August 16, 2016
Given that Spurs could have offered Bolasie Champions League football where the Merseysiders could not, a move for the African wideman would have been completable had Pochettino’s men moved quicker.
Bolasie has superior ability on the ball, trickery and creativity to Sissoko while also offering the pace and penetration that the Spurs manager craved.
After playing a critical part in Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League success story last season, why more teams did not make a concerted effort to sign Mahrez remains a mystery.
Leicester No26 Riyad Mahrez scored twice on his #UCL debut ?
Can he inspire the Foxes again on matchday two? pic.twitter.com/VsOhVrn8hl
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 16, 2016
Although the Algerian signed a new deal with the Foxes this summer, this only came on August 17 when talk of a move elsewhere looked to be subsiding.
If Tottenham had come out at the start of the summer, all guns blazing, with a £30 million offer for Mahrez it would have been very interesting to have seen the potential outcome.