Antonio Conte and co will be hoping that the summer transfer window goes smoother than it did in January for Tottenham Hotspur. They missed out on their key targets in Adama Traore and Luis Diaz as they both opted to move elsewhere.
Plans are already being put into place for the summer, with Jack Harrison listed as a target for the north London club.
The report comes via The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath. He claims that Fabio Paratici has been interested in Harrison in the past, recommending him to Andrea Pirlo while at Juventus and is set to rekindle that interest in the summer with Spurs.
Here, we look at two potential knock-on effects for Spurs if Harrison made the switch from Yorkshire to the capital…
What should Spurs do with Bergwijn?
Last chance saloon for Steven Bergwijn?
Steven Bergwijn has played 18 games for Spurs this season in the Premier League, but he has only started four of those. He only has seven outings in the four competitions he has featured in this season, highlighting where he is in the pecking order at Spurs.
He hasn’t had the best of seasons either, only scoring twice in the league with one assist, adding a goal and assist in the cup competitions. For a team gunning for the Champions League, that output just isn’t good enough, so it’s no surprise he hasn’t had many chances under Conte.
If Harrison comes in, that could open the door for Bergwijn to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as you’d imagine he’ll fall further down the pecking order. There are still some huge games remaining for Spurs this season, so he still has plenty of chances to prove his worth.
Pressure eased on Son Heung-min?
You can’t underestimate the importance of Son Heung-min to the Spurs side, he is instrumental in most things they do. So it’s no surprise to see that along with Harry Kane, he has broken a Premier League record, as they have become the duo with the most goal combinations in the history of the Premier League.
He’s been in inspired form all season too, scoring 13 and setting six up in his 26 Premier League outings. He has missed just the four league games this season through injury and he plays the full 90 minutes more often than not, so there is plenty expected from the South Korean.
In total, Son has racked up 36 games this season for Spurs and we are only just in April. Should Spurs strengthen their attacking options, you’d feel it could potentially lift the pressure on Son and also allow him to maybe get a rest at times when he needs to.
Whether Harrison would flourish at Spurs remains to be seen, but it could be argued there are positives to be had if they were to bring him in.
Essentially, should he replace Bergwijn in the team and be a more substantial stand-in for Son, Spurs could well be a stronger outfit, and Paratici would therefore start to fulfil his brief by strengthening the squad in the transfer market as he aims to return Spurs to the Champions League.
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