Spurs are reportedly keen to follow up their initial interest in Juventus’ aged centre-midfield sage Andrea Pirlo by attempting to bring him in on a free-transfer this summer, but while he would be bound to sell a fair few replica shirts it’s debatable as to whether AVB’s men really need the Italian.
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Etienne Capoue was Whoscored.com’s second-highest rated player in Ligue 1 in 2012/13.
Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic was rewarded a higher Whoscored.com average performance rating last term than summer signing Capoue, who at nine years Pirlo’s junior has the potential to be a long-term fixture in the Lilywhites midfield.
The Frenchman should be more than capable of providing a solid platform for attacks as a deep-lying playmaker when he returns from injury, after averaging the joint-most passes per game in his native land during 2012/13.
Both achievements were all the more impressive considering he was playing for a Toulouse side that finished the campaign in tenth place.
Full-backs are the most pressing recruitment dilemma.
Pirlo would undoubtedly command a signing-on fee and wages unlikely to be truly commensurate to his long-term contribution to the Spurs cause and the club are far more in need of reinforcements at full-back than midfield, where Sandro is also available.
Beyond Danny Rose and the Kyles Naughton and Walker, AVB has only his centre-halves to draw upon for experienced cover, with Rose the only genuine left-footer among that number.
Considering the Lilywhites have at times suffered from a chronic lack of width this season a creative and attacking left-sided full-back like summer target Fabio Coentrao or indeed Leighton Baines should be a much higher priority than bringing in a veteran luxury signing such as the Juve puppet master.
Pirlo will be 35 by the time he could potentially join the Lilywhites.
The more sedate pace and less physical style of play in Serie A has undoubtedly aided the Azzurri centurion in playing 86 games over the last two campaigns.
In the maelstrom of the average Premier League midfield it’s hard not be dubious that he may fail to make such a concerted contribution.
After all similarly feted midfielders such as Paul Scholes were only deemed suitable for peripheral roles as they entered the second half of their thirties.