Godin close to leave Inter08 April 2020 / Rui Sousa
The defender failed to adapt to Conte's tactical system and could leave in the next transfer window.
With the news of Mauricio Pochettino leaving Tottenham Hotspur by yesterday, rumours started to circulate about a possible incoming of the much acclaimed Portuguese manager, José Mourinho. The former Manchester United boss was currently unemployed in the football world, with his only job being as a pundit for Sky Sports on the weekends alongside some pretty known figures in Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness.
Early this morning, every major sports news outlet were reporting the latest bomb, one that was expected somehow, but nonetheless the bigger headline in terms of managerial changes this season. Mourinho had agreed to a deal with Tottenham until 2023, worth of €18 million per year, double of what Pochettino was earning from the North London club. Now, the question remains. Can Mourinho improve this Spurs squad? Pochettino left a legacy and a very high standard for the next Tottenham coach, even more because he was beloved by almost every fan due to his last 5 years at the club, but the Portuguese resumé speaks for itself. On a place that doesn’t win a major trophy for 11 years, it’s safe to say this was the right appointment, as Daniel Levy is in all-in mode to take the club to the next level.
Looking at Tottenham’s squad it’s safe to say that from the midfield to their offensive line, they’re loaded with great attacking options, where you’re able to change from a 4-3-3 with Son and Lucas on the wings, to a traditional 4-4-2, reinforcing the midfield and leaving the front line to Kane and Dele Alli. The big problem stands in their defense. Vertonghen and Alderweireld future's a mystery, as they were supposedly set to leave in January, leaving Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth along with Eric Dier to a certain degree as the only options for the defense shaft. Tottenham’s short in quality as well in the fullback department. Danny Rose and Ben Davies don’t have what it takes to make the club a true candidate to the Premier League title, and Serge Aurier was expected to leave in the winter transfer window too. We can be looking at a massive improvement on the defensive side for the next months, with Ruben Dias from Benfica emerging as a very possible transfer signing.
José Mourinho and Daniel Levy are quite similar in their way to operate things. Both very restricted and methodical, and also very competent at what they do. Is this a match made in hell for both? Sure it can go wrong, as their character is pretty much alike and there’s a high probability they’ll clash overtime, however, it has the potential to be great as well. Tottenham’s president is looking to elevate the club to bigger heights, and knows José might be the best person to do it if he has enough backing from the board, both in terms of transfer funds and human skills. Obviously this is a thing to keep an eye on as time goes by, and it’s perfectly normal there’s growing concerns over this matter due to Mourinho’s recent relationships with Ed Woodward and Roman Abramovich.
This is a question that could begin a discussion for a few hours. Is Tottenham in a place where they still want a long-term project? I don’t think so. They have one of the biggest and most modern stadiums in the world, a place that has received already NFL games and multiple big-time artists shows, while at the same time giving them incredible revenue. It reminds me of a certain NBA team where they’ve called themselves “The Process” due to their high draft picks over the years, but now are actually fighting for the biggest prize in the main basketball league in the world. Pochettino had a formidable 5 year spell at Spurs, filling all the gaps needed for the club to fight for the Premier League and Champions League, and truth be told, he did an excellent job. Now it’s time for someone to come in and actually deliver with silverware, something that Mourinho’s used to doing. To answer the question. No, José is not a very good fit on a long-term project, independently of the club, but right now that’s not what the Spurs are looking at. They’re looking to make a big comeback from their actual form in the most competitive league in the world.
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