Adam Lallana, Tottenham, and a lack of necessity 7

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Mauricio Pochettino agreed to become Tottenham’s manager yesterday, so it was inevitable that today we would be reading reports of him ‘raiding his old club’ for the services of various Southampton players.

The Guardian ran this story about Adam Lallana last night.

Whether there’s any truth in that or not, I don’t know - but let’s just say that most people will have seen this story coming.  Expect similar ‘exclusives’ about Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin in the coming days.

With regards Lallana - and I wrote exactly the same thing in reference to Liverpool’s interest in him - there’s no value to be had with him.

Southampton will want somewhere around £25m and above for their captain, understandably, but his value to the south-coast side doesn’t represent what he would bring to a club like Tottenham.  He’s a good player, sometimes even excellent, but please don’t tell me that he’s a rare enough talent to be worth that kind of money.  He’s special within the context of English football and the type of player we typically we produce, but roaming attacking-midfielders with a velvety touch are ten-a-penny outside of this country and there would be no justification in Daniel Levy going anywhere near the expected asking price.

And - more importantly - while everyone acknowledges that this Tottenham squad has shortages and deficiencies, none of those relate to the positions occupied by Lallana.  Christian Eriksen gets better with each passing game, Lewis Holty has now returned from Fulham, and with Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Gylfi Sigurdsson all offering options behind the forward line there’s just no necessity in adding to that department.

And, nobody should be doing anything at Spurs until the crippling full-back issue have been resolved.

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