Journalist Carl Anka has recently tipped Rafael Benitez as a potential managerial option for Tottenham Hotspur.
Anka was speaking on the latest episode of the Totally Football Show podcast and the panel talked about numerous issues involving the Premier League and the recent results.
Anka talked about Spurs’ next manager and he talked about Benitez and the possibility of him joining Tottenham. The journalist believes that considering the make-up of the Spurs side, the Spaniard can make something of the squad.
Should Spurs consider Benitez as an option?
Journalist Alasdair Gold has recently reported about Spurs’ next potential manager, saying that Roberto Martinez has admirers at the club and Scott Parker has also been on the club’s radar recently, whilst Brendan Rodgers is also well-liked.
Meanwhile Anka believes that Benitez could get Spurs playing pragmatic football, considering the balance of that side.
The journalist said (37:40): “Rafa Benitez is free and considering some of the squad make-ups of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, Benitez is probably better to go ‘right, you’re not an elite squad but here’s how I can get a lot more blood from their stone and get you to play slightly more pragmatic football based on the balance of your midfield’.
“To loop back to something I said earlier, Tottenham are a very good example of a team that has people that are knackered.”
TIF Thoughts on Benitez…
Benitez has the experience of having managed at multiple clubs in his career and he’s had stints in Italy, England, Spain and even China, more recently (as per Transfermarkt). In his career, the Spaniard has won the Champions League as well as the Europa League, FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup (as per Transfermarkt).
Having said that, Spurs are reportedly looking for a manager who is young and plays an attacking brand of football. Benitez preaches a pragmatic brand of football, so Spurs might not want him as a candidate.