Spurs missed out on João Moutinho in the summer transfer window, and the void in the midfield left by Luka Modrić has not yet been filled. Moutinho was the man to fill that space in August, and he will be once more in January.
At 26, Moutinho isn't exactly the most forward looking signing. He potentially has a few more years playing at his peak, perhaps a few more than that if he's like the Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes of the world. Don't hold your breath.
Still, Moutinho has that special something that can transform any team at their core. That no club has pulled him out of Portugal by age 26 is astonishing in itself.
Andres Villas-Boas is quite familiar with the lad, as they pulled off quite a feat together in 2010. Porto were able to win the league, league cup and the Europa League all in one season. It's no surprise then that Villas-Boas tried to bring Moutinho to White Hart Lane last summer when Spurs were desperately needing a boost in midfield.
The deal, which would have been a club record signing, allegedly fell through in the final moments of the transfer window due to a third-party owner who didn't agree with the way things were being handled.
Instead, Spurs were able to sign a pair of Fulham midfielders in Moussa Dembélé and Clint Dempsey, as well as Gylfi Sigurdsson from 1899 Hoffenheim. The result thus far hasn't been what fans would have hoped.
Dembélé has been the better of the three, and Dempsey has shown moments of brilliance, including the game-winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Beyond that, Dempsey hasn't done much at all.
Fans would simply rather not talk about Sigurdsson at this point, but don't worry, there's still hope of signing Moutinho and saving the season.
Moutinho is an experienced midfielder that can play anywhere in the middle, including on the wings if need be. He should be an instant fit in to the way Villas-Boas wants to do things, and thus he should be an instant hit as well.
His most recent triumph came in the Champions League group stage last week.
He out in a virtuoso performance for Porto against Dinamo Zagreb. He scored a spectacular free kick from about 25 yards out and also provided two assists in the 3-0 victory.
Moutinho can do it at the highest levels of competition, and would fit nicely into the Premier League and all of it's rigors.
Villas-Boas will try to sort things out sooner rather than later come January to avoid another transfer deadline day debacle.
Losers of three of their last four EPL matches, Spurs are still within reach of a top four spot, only five points behind fourth place Chelsea.
Without some sort of spark in January, their troubling trend will continue, and they'll quickly tumble down the table. João Moutinho can be that spark.
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