It's fair to say that in Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs fans have a reason to be optimistic about the future, despite their domestic struggles in 2019.
The £55m man has teased his elite talent on several occasions this season and in recent weeks, he's shown how important he is to Mauricio Pochettino's side. Ndombele was the best player on the park when he came on against Liverpool
The Frenchman's variety and creativity in possession is unlike most central midfielders in Europe, while he makes breaking opposition lines look as simple as a three-yard pass.
Admittedly, his risk-taking and bravery while on the ball will get him into trouble a few times - as shown at the start of the second half on Sunday - and he's not exactly the most natural defender, although competent.
For Spurs to improve, there's no doubt that a defensive-minded, ball-winning midfielder is needed next to Ndombele. In Moussa Sissoko, they have a much-improved player overall with fantastic ball-carrying ability. Harry Winks is a brilliant ball-retainer with great tenacity and energy in the middle. Eric Dier
Dier is the closest Spurs have to fitting the profile, but his display against Brighton last month highlighted the fact that he's not the answer.
Ibrahim Sangare (Toulouse)
The 21-year-old has been compared to ex-Man City
In his debut season in Ligue 1, Sangare had the third-highest dribble success rate (81%) in the league - his ability to
Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Zakaria is another player that dominates physically in the middle, while he's proven himself to be more than capable of linking play in a double pivot - boasting an 85% pass completion in the Bundesliga this season, just shy of his best in 2017/18 (90%).
The 22-year-old ticks a lot of boxes for Pochettino’s Spurs; tall, powerful and athletic, the 22-year-old is capable of breaking up play with his tremendous tackling and intercepting ability before using his natural composure to pick out a killer pass that can immediately put his side on the front foot.
The Swiss international enjoys picking the ball up from his centre-halves, carrying the ball and supplying his team’s flair players in the final third. To say he's a combination of Sissoko and Winks would be fair, but with Borussia Monchengladbach top of the Bundesliga, Spurs may have to wait until the summer for an approach to be considered.
Sander Berge (Genk)
Berge is tidy on the ball - completing 91.3% of his passes last season - but he isn't necessarily a risk-taker, which is fine if you have someone like Ndombele beside you.
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester)
The Nigerian has done a superb job in filling the void left by N'Golo Kante at Leicester, and is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
While in possession he looks awkward, defensively he's as good as it gets in Europe at the moment.
After leading the tackling charts for Europe's top five league's last season (143) at a 69% success rate, the 22-year-old currently leads the Premier League
Since he joined Leicester, Ndidi has shown he can play in a double-pivot or a midfield three. The signing of Ndidi will take a large chunk out of Daniel Levy's budget, but he's a player that could transform this Spurs side instantly. Pochettino could slot him alongside Ndombele in a 4-2-3-1 or deploy him as the holder and have two creators ahead in a 4-3-3, the two being Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.
Source : 90min