The Tottenham Hotspur project under Jose Mourinho is yet to truly kick off, with the club scrabbling around in sixth place, trying to ensure a Europa League berth for next season. While Mourinho does have a fairly talented squad at his disposal, there are some areas where he would like to strengthen the team, and one of these is in the attacking midfield area.
Spurs have struggled to score goals in the absence of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and Mourinho will be looking to solve this issue as soon as possible. One of the perks of being Spurs manager is a decent budget, so one player who Spurs could consider moving for is the Austrian international Marcel Sabitzer. The RB Leipzig midfielder has scored 16 goals and put on a further 10 assists for his teammates this season, making him a very good option to bring to north London. Sabitzer has been a consistent source of goals and assists throughout his career, and given that he has played for the likes of RB Salzburg and now Leipzig, who play with a high-intensity style of play, there are no doubts that he would settle in quickly into the Premier League, with the higher tempo of play suiting his abilities and style of play as well.
Spurs’ current options in the attacking midfield area have flattered to deceive. Lucas Moura has been out of touch ever since his hat-trick in last season’s Champions League semi-final, hardly putting in any match-winning performances and looking like a shadow of his former self. Erik Lamela has become a hard-working winger rather than one who will score and assist frequently, and has also been plagued with multiple injuries over the last two seasons. Dele Alli has also struggled to show the form that made him one of the best young players in the world a few years ago. New recruit Steven Bergwijn has shown flashes of his ability, but he still needs time to adapt to the league and to his new teammates. In such a scenario, bringing in someone of proven quality in the attacking areas is essential, and Sabitzer would tick that box, along with the aforementioned ability to contribute in front of goal. In fact, Spurs have seen that first-hand, with Sabitzer scoring two goals against Spurs in this season’s Champions League.
The Austrian is also extremely versatile, capable of playing on the left and right flanks, as well as centrally as an attacking midfielder. This is another area which will help Spurs immensely, allowing Mourinho to rotate and deploy players where the need arises. Sabitzer can also play as a central midfielder, having appeared there on occasion for Leipzig this season.
Spurs need to make quite a few signings if they are to return to the heights they hit under Mauricio Pochettino. Signing Sabitzer would be a good start in this regard, and his ability to play across the attacking positions, along with his undoubted creative and goalscoring skills, would be a very good addition to Spurs’ attack, and will allow the club to become more dynamic in their attacking play.