According to a report by Turkish-Football, Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be interested in signing Fenerbahce’s Eljif Elmas this summer and have already made an enquiry about acquiring him.
The Istanbul giants are thought to be keen on keeping their Macedonian star beyond the summer, however, they are in danger of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations and know they will have to raise funds through player sales – hence why they have slapped a €20million (£17.7m) price-tag on the 19-year-old.
And, we feel Elmas could be a huge hit under Mauricio Pochettino in the future and one that Spurs should look at striking a deal for.
A Macedonia international, the youngster is extremely versatile and can play in a number of positions in the midfield and on the left-hand side. His versatility is something that could certainly help Tottenham in the future as it would provide them with a number of options moving forward, whilst also meaning they have a player who can fill a number of roles without having to splash out on several instead.
Despite being just 19-years-old and far from the finished article, Elmas already has bundles of quality and has already gained experience of playing in some of Europe’s biggest competitions as he featured for Fenerbahce in their Champions League campaign.
Admittedly, figures of four goals in 40 matches across all competitions (Transfermarkt) are hardly going to get anybody jumping with excitement about a potential switch, however, he is the type of player who offers so much more on the pitch than just a goal return.
A solid passer of the ball, Elmas completed 85.7% of his attempts whilst he recorded 0.6 key passes per match of an average 29.7 per game (WhoScored); again, not the best but definitely something Pochettino can work on with him in the future.
He is already blessed with some exceptional technique so little work will be needed to be done in helping him to improve on that area, whilst he also has shown the leadership and ambition qualities that could make him a hit for us.
Elmas can run with the ball at pace, whilst his dribbling skills make it extremely difficult for defenders to be able to tackle him and can take the ball into the final third rather comfortably – he made 0.6 dribbles per game last season on average (WhoScored).
Still a diamond in the rough, however, if Pochettino can work his magic with him as he has done with the other young players we have already seen come through to the first-team in recent years, £17.7m would have to be considered a bargain for a player of his quality.
That figure is hardly breaking the bank – even for Tottenham’s own standards – and could prove to be a remarkable piece of business in the future.