May 16, 2021

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Tottenham performance director suggests Levy left-field boss option


Tottenham technical performance director Steve Hitchen has reportedly suggested Brighton boss Graham Potter as a potential candidate to fill the vacant management post at the club.

Jose Mourinho was sacked last month, with the former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason take the reins until the end of the season. However, it seems highly unlikely that he will get the job permanently, with a number of names still linked to the job.

Spurs have already been repelled by Julian Nagelsmann, Erik Ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers. However, names like Ralf Rangnick, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Martinez remains in the frame.

But according to Daily mail reporter Ian Ladyman, Hitchen suggested to President Daniel Levy that Potter should be seen as a viable option.

At first glance, Potter appears to be a maverick selection, given Brighton’s struggles this season. However, his style of play certainly fits the profile of the type of manager Tottenham want.

Potter has also been praised by figures like Pep Guardiola for the way the Seagulls go about their business.

An impressive statistic from WhoScored also revealed that only six top teams had more shots on target per game than Brighton. The south side of the coast also averages over 50% possession.

Potter also has playing experience in Europe, having guided Ostersunds to the Europa League three years ago.

Brighton’s problems are mainly due to not taking a chance when they are well on top in games. It wouldn’t be the same at Tottenham, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in attack.

The biggest problem Levy faces would be that Potter is unlikely to be a name that will appease Spurs fans.

The Tottenham president needs a ‘big win’ after Mourinho’s sad fate in north London. There is also the small question of the failure of the European Super League attempt.

Naming Potter almost certainly won’t give him that but might, surprisingly, turn out to be a wise choice.


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Tottenham return for Aarons

Meanwhile, Tottenham has rekindled interest in a raid for Norwich full-back Max Aarons but could face a battle from a Premier League rival, according to a report.

The 21-year-old became an exciting talent last season, having appeared in 36 of 38 Premier League games. In addition, he made a remarkable figure in the midst of the Canaries’ relegation to the championship. As such, Spurs reportedly had an interest in the Englishman last summer, but couldn’t convince Norwich to sell.

However, Aarons has sparked further talk about his future this season, playing in 44 of 45 games to help Norwich seal an immediate return to the Premier League.

According to Football insider, Tottenham have therefore rekindled their interest in the England Under-21 international.

Indeed, they made the addition of the right-back “one of their main priorities” this summer.

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