Tottenham have been linked to hijacking Liverpool summer target Willian, with the north London club reportedly set to top the Reds' bid.

Is has been a very positive and optimistic summer spending spree by Spurs, despite the rumours surrounding you know who.

Willian, a player who can act as a playmaker or a winger, is a typical Andre Villas-Boas signing, demonstrated through the versatility of Nacer Chadli from FC Twente and more recently Etienne Capoue from Toulouse.

Despite this, is Willian a player that Tottenham should really in the market for?

Tom Huddlestone - who has now left Spurs for Hull - has been quoted by The Mirror suggesting that Tottenham are bringing in players from abroad.

This is quite evident from actions last season - David Bentley left, Jermaine Jenas left for QPR and they were ready to accept a bid for Michael Dawson.

The 26-year-old English midfielder also stated that despite bringing in more established internationals, he is not sure if it is good for the club. 

In the build-up to the 2012 Champions League final which featured two German teams, differences between the Bundesliga and the Premier League were compared as to why an English team failed to make it into the the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Many believed the the upcoming batch of German players were the main reason behind the upheaval of German football. Performances by Ross Barkley on Saturday highlight the quality of English footballers coming through the ranks.

Bearing this in mind, does signing a player with two Brazilian caps to his name really push the boundaries of English football?

No, and in fact it is stagnating the development of younger English footballers which is what the Premier League is currently lacking.

If Spurs manage to capture the sought-after playmaker, there is no doubt that Tottenham have a quality player in their ranks, however this could continue the exodus of British players leaving the club through the likes of Andros Townsend - who has looked promising not only on his loan spell at QPR last season but also looking sharp in pre-season and Jermain Defoe - who has been heavily linked with former boss Harry Redknapp at QPR.

We may start to see an AVB Spurs side that can really push boundaries at club level, yet restrict the boundaries of English international football.

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