Tottenham performance director suggests left-field boss option to Levy

Date published: Monday 3rd May 2021 5:03 - Rob McCarthy

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Tottenham technical performance director Steve Hitchen has reportedly suggested Brighton boss Graham Potter as a potential candidate to fill the vacant managerial post at the club.

Jose Mourinho was sacked last month, with former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason taking the reins until the end of the season. However, it seems highly unlikely that he will be given the job permanently, with a number of names still linked to the position.

Spurs have already been rebuffed by Julian Nagelsmann, Erik Ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers. However, names like Ralf Rangnick, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Martinez remain in the frame.

But according to Daily Mail journalist Ian Ladyman, Hitchen has suggested to chairman Daniel Levy that Potter should be considered as a viable option.

On the face of it, Potter appears to be a maverick selection, given Brighton’s struggles this season. However, his playing style certainly fits the profile of the type of manager Tottenham want.

Potter has also earned plaudits from the likes of Pep Guardiola for the way the Seagulls go about their business.

An impressive stat from WhoScored has also revealed that only six top-flight teams have had more shots on target per match than Brighton. The south coast side have also averaged over 50% possession.

Potter also has experience of playing in Europe, having guided Ostersunds to the Europa League last 32 three years ago.

Brighton’s issues are mainly down to not taking their chances when they are well on top in games. That would not be the same at Tottenham, with the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in attack.

The biggest problem facing Levy would be that Potter is unlikely to be a name that will appease Spurs fans.

The Tottenham chairman needs a ‘big win’ after Mourinho’s sorry spell in north London. There is also the small matter of the failed European Super League attempt.

Appointing Potter will almost certainly not give him that but could, surprisingly, work out to be a savvy choice.


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Tottenham back in for Aarons

Meanwhile, Tottenham have reignited interest in a raid for Norwich full-back Max Aarons but could face a battle from a Premier League rival, a report claims.

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The 21-year-old emerged as an exciting talent last season, as he appeared in 36 of 38 Premier League games. What’s more, he made himself a standout figure amid the Canaries’ relegation back to the Championship. As such, Spurs reportedly held interest in the Englishman last summer but could not convince Norwich to sell.

However, Aarons has whipped up further talk over his future this season by starring in 44 of 45 games to help Norwich seal an immediate Premier League return.

According to Football Insider, Tottenham have therefore rekindled their interest in the England Under-21 international.

Indeed, they have made the right-back’s addition ‘one of their main priorities’ this summer.

READ MORE: Tottenham ‘don’t care’ about cost as Euro giant ramps up pursuit of star

 

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