The possible signing of Malcom – Gladys tells me – has been something that was very nearly a complete secret, until leaked from the other side and this includes 99% of those floating around inside Hotspur Way who would get wind of such talks.
The conversations being had inside the state of the art compound have essentially centred around the word, ‘who?’
Outside of a flurry of newspaper articles (all precipitated by the boy’s agent seeking to enhance any deal) using the dreaded phrase, ‘Ligue 1 prospect’ …the player is not well known.
Nor would you be, if you were some 20 year old playing for Bordeux, perpetually nestled in the lower half of a second tier European division.
Listed as a left footed winger, the primary thought here is that we’re negotiating for a player that doesn’t obviously fit the Pochettino template. Wingers – Poch don’t use ’em.
Worse yet, haven’t we been here before? Another French sourced ‘next big thing’?
Well it does get worse.
This isn’t a Poch pick, just as the halfwit Clinton Cards wasn’t, just as the Burnley Bombshell No’Cluedo wasn’t.
What we have here is yet another half cocked investment strategy courtesy of the Bald Weirdo.
Undoubtedly there will be a few of you who are not quite utterly fatigued with this nonsense that will suggest Malcom must be good because he’s significantly dearer than the last two clowns; the truth is the market is so damn buoyant even junk is expensive.
Quite how an ‘attacker’ that doesn’t score many goals is worth north of €35million is anyone’s guess but the answer I’d suggest relates to anyone being good – really good – good enough to sign for teams above us in the league, now ships in at almost twice that.
Pochettino has made reference to the targeting and securing players as being difficult for ‘obvious’ reasons, and the mood at Hotspur Way is that the gaffer’s continual acceptance of what he is given has more than an air of resignation about it.
The funniest part of course is that not only this Malcom perceived as too little, he’d also be too late.
For those with a keen eye, come next summer this season will be over, and there’s an increasing chance Tottenham could by then find themselves christening their New Destination™ with the joyless labyrinth that is the Europa League.
Dont worry, it’ll be rebranded as ‘the magic of Europe beneath the acoustically favourable lights’ or some such and you’ll be making rousing suggestions about giving him a chance/seeing what he can do etc etc…
The final nail being indelicately thumped in with all this is that such a transfer would diametrically contradict Levy’s NASDAQ jive about the Academy. Another empty box.
As has been demonstrated endlessly, while that particular myth has been well and truly debunked, the final insult is that Levy’s PLAN B is to now buy in cheap stuff instead.
No wonder Mauricio’s resorted to dying his hair.