Tottenham Opinion: Why Spurs should break their bank for Marcelo Brozovic
Marcelo Brozovic, 26, joined Inter Milan from Dinamo Zagreb in 2015 and has established himself as a key player for Luciano Spalletti’s side in the last couple of seasons.
Last year, he played a crucial role alongside the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic, Domagoj Vida and Mario Mandzukic in guiding Croatia to the World Cup final in Russia, unfortunately, they were beaten 4-2 by France.
As far as Tottenham are concerned, they have had a rough few weeks of late in the Premier League. Their decision to not sign a single player in the past two transfer windows has come back to haunt Mauricio Pochettino now, with the north Londoners now scraping for a top-four finish.
By hook or crook, Pochettino should invest heavily in the summer to bridge the gap between his team and the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City. The next season will be crucial for Tottenham and Pochettino, who should target winning a trophy and not just get into the top four.
The Spurs manager needs to persuade Chairman Daniel Levy to take his cheque book out in the next transfer window to reinforce every single area of the pitch. But first, they must solve their midfield crisis by going all out to sign Marcelo Brozovic.
Brozovic is known for his quality on the ball, incisive passing, vision and industry. The Croat possesses superior technical qualities which allow him to keep exceptional close control in tight situations. Sitting at the base of the midfield, he is responsible for shielding the backline and dictating the tempo of the game with his passing range.
The 27-year-old can also play in an advanced role or on the right and left of midfield but he excels in a holding role, where he makes use of his ball-retention skills, work rate and excellent distribution. Brozovic likes to keep the ball at his feet, works those pockets of space in the final third and cut open defences with one killer through ball.
Without any shadow of doubts, the Croatian international’s addition would bolster Tottenham’s midfield options and would give the team some much-needed bite and energy in the engine room.
Tottenham have a squad capable of finishing in the Premier League’s top four every season but Pochettino should aim for trophies in the 2019/20 campaign.
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And for that, they’ll have to spend heavily in the transfer window as it will be difficult for Spurs to continue punching above their weight without some investment
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Bournemouth Opinion: Cherries should move for Jack Butland this summer
Butland has been in impressive form for the Potters in the Championship this season and has managed 14 clean sheets from 38 appearances.
A youth product of Birmingham City, Butland spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town before being snapped up by Stoke in 2013. The Englishman enjoyed fruitful loan spells at Leeds United and Derby County before establishing himself as Stoke’s No.1 between the sticks.
He hasn’t looked back since then and has taken his career to greater heights, earning 37 clean sheets in 124 appearances across all competitions.
A regular for England at all youth levels, Butland has also won 9 caps at the senior international level and represented the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
However, with Stoke looking set for another season in the Championship, Butland might eye an exit in the summer to join a Premier League club.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has preferred the 39-year-old Artur Boruc between the sticks in the Premier League since the turn of the year.
Asmir Begovic started off as the No.1 following an impressive season last time around but the former Chelsea man has been relegated to bench duty since January. Towards the end of the January transfer window, the Sun claimed that Begovic was not in Howe’s plans for a first-team spot and the Cherries were willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old.
Boruc has done a decent job between the sticks but Bournemouth’s interest in Jack Butland definitely makes a lot of sense. The 26-year-old is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the country and the Cherries would strike gold by getting their hands on the coveted shot-stopper.
Standing at 6ft. 5 inches, Butland has just the ideal height for a goalkeeper, with his long arms giving him a good reach to keep out shots from all ranges.
The Englishman boasts of razor-sharp reflexes and excels with his composure in one-on-one situations, whilst his ball handling is also of the highest quality. The 26-year-old communicates well with his defenders and always seems to have things under control inside his penalty area.
Butland has made a total of 104 saves from 38 appearances in the Championship this term, 52 of which have come from inside the penalty area including 5 from within the six-yard box.
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Bournemouth have enjoyed a decent run this season but they should look to build on it and aim for better things next season. They don’t have the best of defensive records, having conceded 56 goals from 31 games and Butland’s presence between the sticks should help them improve massively.
West Ham raiding London rivals for this 24-year-old goal machine would be an absolute masterstroke
West Ham Opinion: Why Aleksandar Mitrovic will be an ideal fit for West Ham
According to a report from Football.London, West Ham were linked with a January swoop for Fulham hitman Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serbian, 24, has been one of the rare bright sparks for Fulham in an otherwise miserable campaign in the Premier League.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has shown that he is capable of playing well at this level and there will be plenty of suitors for him if Fulham go down at the end of the season, which looks very likely after their last weekend’s defeat against Liverpool.
That being said, should West Ham plot a summer move for the 24-year-old centre-forward this summer?
Absolutely! West Ham were set to lose Marko Arnautovic to an unnamed Chinese club in January before the Austrian made a U-turn and signed a one-year contract extension at the London Stadium.
Despite penning a new contract, there’s an air of uncertainty that Arnautovic will leave the club at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Andy Carroll is out of contract at West Ham in June and chances of him earning an extension have seemingly dried up after the 30-year-old injured his ankle once again.
Javier Hernandez has struggled this season with only eight goals in 25 games, while Lucas Perez remains out of favour under Pellegrini.
Considering West Ham’s current situation, signing a centre-forward is a must if Pellegrini is to challenge the Premier League’s Big Six next term. And Mitrovic would fit the bill perfectly at the London Stadium.
A big, burly and physical centre-forward, Mitrovic has been almost unplayable when he is on song this season. He is an old-fashioned centre-forward who excels in the holding the ball up and bringing his teammates into the game.
The 24-year-old is hard as a nail, difficult to dispossess and an all-day threat in the box.
Mitrovic is fantastic in the air and his ability to link-up play and swiftly run in the box hoping for a cross make him such a difficult player to mark. The former Anderlecht and Newcastle United man is also a composed finisher in front of goal.
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One of his biggest strengths up top is his anticipation as he drives into the box and has the ability to take a shot on from a pass or cross and find the back of the net in a blink of an eye.
Mitrovic is known for his aggression and physicality and can provide quality and depth up front for Pellegrini’s West Ham.
With Carroll’s contract expiring in June and possibility of Arnautovic leaving if a bigger club comes calling, the Hammers desperately need another forward who can cause defences problems in a physical manner.
And Pellegrini can do a lot worse than sign a Premier League proven forward, Mitrovic.
This 22-year-old Arsenal target from last summer would be absolutely ideal for Emery to replace Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal Opinion: Why the Gunners should go all out to sign Djibril Sow?
Back in April 2018, a report from the Daily Mirror claimed Arsenal were tracking Young Boys midfield ace Djibril Sow.
Young Boys signed Djibril Sow from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2017 and he is coming of age in Switzerland, winning the Swiss Super League in his debut season itself.
The 22-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in the last two years and played in all six of Young Boys’ Champions League group-stage games this season.
Now that the Sow has enjoyed another solid season in the Swiss Super League, Arsenal should definitely reignite their interest in the midfielder and sign him this summer.
Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal’s current longest-serving player, will end his time with the Gunners at the end of the season to join Italian giants Juventus. The Welshman remains one of Arsenal’s most talented stars and still plays a key role in Unai Emery’s first team.
He might have divided opinion amongst the fans since joining the north Londoners but his commitment and ability to deliver headline moments have rarely been in question.
Down the years, Ramsey has been the one to provide the Gunners with impetus and drive from the midfield that has proven so crucial in big games.
The Welshman has been a committed player ever since arriving at the Emirates Stadium from Cardiff City and his departure this summer would leave a big hope which Emery needs to address ahead of the new season.
Djibril Sow could be that player for Arsenal, although he won’t be a like-for-like Ramsey replacement. Sow is a versatile player, adept at playing in different positions across the midfield. His skill-set is rather unique in itself and when coupled with his energy and ability to break attacks, the Swiss becomes incredibly hard to come up against.
The 22-year-old boasts a wide passing range and can link up play quite brilliantly from the middle of the park. He is also physically strong which helps him protect the ball and make lung-busting runs from midfield. Sow has a lethal right foot that is capable of delivering screamers, although he isn’t exactly known for his goal-scoring prowess.
The acquisition of Sow will undoubtedly bolster Emery’s midfield options at the Emirates. Arsenal already have some promising midfield talents in their ranks such as Lucas Torreira, Mateo Guendouzi, Grant Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny all vying for a place in Emery’s first-team.
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The addition of Sow will add more competition for places within the Arsenal squad which could help them cope with injuries and suspensions better next season. Hence, it seems like the young Swiss could be a smart addition who’ll add some much-needed squad depth for Emery’s side to compete for the title next season.
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