Tottenham to look into Ashley Young as an alternative to Yannick Bolasie

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Following Tottenham's interest for Yannick Bolasie, Crystal Palace have set their asking price to around £25 million and it could force Spurs to look into another winger according to The Mirror.

Yannick Bolasie would agree to a move to North London but Crystal Palace are reluctant to see the winger leave and will do everything they can to keep him at Selhurst Park. 

Reports say that Tottenham are now looking into Manchester United winger Ashley Young, who regained his form last season under Louis Van Gaal, scoring two goals and making five assists in 26 appearances.

Both Young and Bolasie are very different players. Bolasie is more technical and strong, while Young is fast and good on the ball. It's important to note that last season, Young was surrounded by players such as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria and Marouane Fellaini whereas Bolasie was surrounded by players that definitely don't fit the "world class" section of players in world football.

Young, who's 30-years-old, would bring Premier League experience and would definitely improve the Tottenham side on the wings. Bolasie on the other hand has only been playing in the Premier League since 2013, which makes him a little bit more likely to be a flop at Spurs. In my opinion, Young looks like he would fit better the Tottenham side and his experience could really help Spurs reach top 4 and the Champions League playoffs next season, however Bolasie is younger and would really help Tottenham with their goalscoring issues.

Indeed, Harry Kane has been very prolific up front for Spurs however they've struggled to get other players involved and have scored as little as 58 goals last season, which isn't much compared to the 83 Manchester City goals and the 73 Chelsea goals.

How likely is it that Ashley Young would move to Spurs?

With players such as Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend on the move, Tottenham need a winger and will try to sign one before the transfer window shuts. If both previously mentioned players were to stay at White Hart Lane, there's a small chance that Young would move to Spurs, especially considering he would have to cut his £110,000 a week wage with Manchester United down to make the move. On top of that, Young is enjoying his football with Van Gaal and is considered a key player, demonstrated by the 26 games he played last season. In addition, the only way this move would happen is if Yannick Bolasie was completely ruled out as a potential signing for Spurs.

Tottenham have quite a lot of money and with the likes of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor on the way out, the North London club could use the funds to make the £25 million offer that Crystal Palace are expecting. Overall, as long as Bolasie is still a target for Tottenham I don't see the move necessarily happening and even if Bolasie was ruled out, Ashley Young might not be keen to take a pay cut and move to a club that only fights for top 4 every year and not the Premier League title. 


In my opinion, I believe Bolasie is most likely to sign for Spurs. That £25 million pricetag might scare off certain buyers but I think Tottenham could still go for him as they have the money for it. Ashley Young would definitely be a great signing for Pochettino's side but it's very unlikely that he'll take a pay cut and a move to a slightly weaker team, especially since he has no real reason to. The arrival of Memphis Depay could be a reason to move away from Manchester United, but with Angel Di Maria on his way out, Young would still get enough playing time.

Van Gaal has clearly shown that he has faith in the English winger and that's why I don't see him moving to Tottenham in the near future. If the Bolasie move was to fail for Spurs, I think they might just keep Lennon and Townsend and try to rotate them around despite both of them not performing very well for Spurs.

What about you Tottenham fans? What do YOU think? Who would you sign if money wasn't an issue and why? Let us know in the comments below.

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