After a challenging year-end, Tottenham Hotspur is expected to bolster their roster during the January transfer window.
Spurs dominated the Premier League table at the start of the season and have since suffered from a number of injuries and suspensions.
In a report released today, The Telegraph examined the positions Tottenham hopes to bolster in January as well as potential targets.
The “most likely winger for Spurs to target in January” is reportedly Jota, an attacker for Al-Ittihad who Postecoglou is familiar with.
In recent weeks, the 24-year-old has been closely associated with Tottenham; according to the report, Spurs are “likely to look at a loan deal or a free transfer for Jota.”
Since moving to Saudi Arabia for £25 million, Jota has suffered because of a restriction limiting the number of international players who may play at once, which has prevented him from getting much game time.
The Portuguese joined the team in the summer and has only made 11 appearances, totaling slightly over 500 minutes and two goals.
Tottenham Hotspur eyeing Al-Ittihad winger Jota
Of course, it’s still unclear what Al-Ittihad intend to do with Jota. It doesn’t seem plausible that they would just let the player go for free, given that they paid a hefty sum for him.
It appears more likely that they will sign him to a loan, particularly if it will free them from paying him for the remainder of the season.
It’s unfortunate that Jota hasn’t had much success after his relocation. Ange Postecoglou, though, is one manager who can get a failing player to perform at his best.
Furthermore, Jota has worked closely with the Tottenham boss during their time at Celtic, so she is well-versed in the Angeball system.
Jota was earlier called “incredible” by Postecoglou, and a “difference-maker” by Barry Ferguson.
Tottenham would not be exposed to much risk if he signed on loan. They would have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so they might as well give it a shot.
And Spurs would essentially be hitting gold if they were able to sign him for nothing.