The story of Jose Mourinho’s reign at Tottenham has been far from convincing.
Spurs have conceded 45 goals in his short tenure to date and a defeat against Sheffield United just about summed up their inconsistencies.
It was a hammer blow to the club’s hopes of retaining their Champions League status as the Blades rather demolished them 3-1.
After the latest round of fixtures, Spurs sit in ninth place, being leapfrogged by Arsenal and Chris Wilder’s men.
They are now seven points behind Manchester United in fifth and nine adrift of Chelsea in fourth. Troubling times indeed.
It’s become rather evident that Tottenham need defensive recruitments but even in the transfer market, things are struggling to come together.
Daniel Levy and Mourinho clashed over the Portuguese’s attempts to bring Thomas Meunier to the club as the former vetoed the deal and he joined Dortmund instead.
Thus, they’ll have to improve their relationship as the window progresses.
Perhaps a new goalkeeper will do the trick?
According to a report from Le10 Sport, Tottenham are battling Chelsea for the signing of French stopper Mike Maignan.
Lille are yet to receive any offers for the goalkeeper but it’s thought that he could cost in the region of £16m (Sport Witness, via talkSPORT), if he’s to leave Lille this summer.
It’s thought that Mourinho holds the 25-year-old in high esteem with Maignan’s current club set to wait patiently for any bids that come in.
Spurs assistant coach, Joao Sacramento, knows him well from his time with Lille.
GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…
Maignan has had an interesting career to date but he’s certainly one of the most improving goalkeepers in European football.
In 2018/19, he won the award for the best stopper in Ligue 1, but that hasn’t come without its hard work.
The Lille ‘keeper came through the ranks at PSG, facing shots from Zlatan Ibrahimovic in training on a regular basis.
From that, Maignan has a funny story to tell, one that earned him the respect of the great Swedish striker despite being deemed useless in training.
Maignan clearly has the mentality to succeed at the top level and it’s no surprise to see he’s done so well in his career. To have the courage to do that to a player with as big an ego as Ibrahimovic takes something.
However, he also lets his football do the talking. In 2019/20, he kept 13 clean sheets in 37 outings.
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