Ivan Perisic would be the perfect signing for Tottenham
Jose Mourinho is in charge of Tottenham, so of course Inter’s Ivan Perisic has found himself linked to the club.
The pair feel almost synonymous with each other. Mourinho was endlessly linked with a move for the Croatia international during his time at Manchester United, and the idea of Perisic moving to Spurs was a regular joke in the aftermath of the boss’s move to London.
According to Foot Mercato, that could soon become a reality as Spurs are already in talks on a possible loan deal for Perisic, who has often found himself on the outskirts of Antonio Conte’s squad this season.
It’s a deal that would obviously keep Mourinho happy, but he has the potential to do a lot more for Spurs than that.
Now it goes without saying that Perisic is no longer the player he was when Mourinho first filed his interest. He’s not the man who scored 11 goals and 11 assists in the 2017/18 season, but he’s not far off.
After all, Perisic spent last season on loan with none other than Bayern Munich, who were more than happy to use the winger as part of their rotation to win both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
17 of his 35 appearances in Germany came off the bench, but he still managed to rack up eight goals and ten assists, and that’s the kind of impact Spurs are asking for.
Obviously, there is no shortage of Spurs goals these days. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scoff at defenses across the country, but behind them there is literally nothing keep on going.
Erik Lamela has yet to score in the Premier League this year, as are Steven Bergwijn and the much-maligned Dele Alli. Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale each have one, which puts them behind third-best scorer Tanguy Ndombele, whose two strikes pale in comparison to Son’s 12 or Kane’s 10.
It turned Spurs into a one-dimensional side, and while that dimension has proven to be unstoppable by the minute, there is no alternative. If either Kane or Son don’t shoot, where will the goals come from?
That’s why Spurs have looked a bit stagnant in recent weeks. They struggled to score against Wolves, Leicester, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Chelsea because there is no oomph to the team outside of the star duo.
Perisic wouldn’t bring the same kind of star power that Kane and Son did, but he wouldn’t need it. If he can be another player capable of asking questions of defense, he would be successful at Spurs.
The sidekick role of the sidekick has suited Perisic wherever he’s been over the past few seasons, and all signs suggest he would be able to take that position easily at Spurs.
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