Date: 26th June 2018 at 8:00pm
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Ole in Argentina are reporting that Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of Colombia’s Juan Fernando Quintero. Of course, we should treat any speculation such as this with a great deal of scepticism.

The attacking midfielder is flavour of the month due to his high profile displays at the World Cup, and it is inevitable that transfer talk will surround him.

However, in some ways, there is some sense in Poch being interested in the 25-year-old. The playmaker has been playing for River Plate, and it’s logical to assume that the manager keeps a close eye on the Argentine Primeira Division.

With the player’s release clause set at £19.5m, it could be something that would present a calculated gamble due to his talent. As anyone that has watched his performances in Russia, it’s hard not to have been impressed by the midfielder’s displays. The fact that he can play on the wing or as a number ten would also fit the profile that the club are looking for to strengthen our attacking options. There a though a number of major concerns:

World Cup Flops

Historically, signing players off the back of one major international tournament isn’t a smart move. They have performed on the biggest stage of all, but you get a very small sample size of matches to watch how they perform.

You would think that if our interest was genuine, we would have already scouted him heavily while playing for his club, and if we had done that, I can’t see why we would have stayed interested.

Failures at club level

Quintero has been at Porto since 2013 when the Portuguese club spent £9m on the player. He never established himself in the first team despite making 64 appearances for them.

His best campaign came in 2014/15 when he played 30 matches in all competitions. However, he was loaned out to Rennes after that season, where he again failed to impress. He then returned to his native Colombia before his loan switch to River Plate in January, who have a £3m purchase option on the midfielder.

Lack of end product

Despite scoring a goal and providing an assist in his 2 games at the World Cup so far, he struggles to make an impact at club level.

His best scoring season came in 2013/14 when he scored four goals for Porto. His highest number of assists (7) came in the following campaign.

Personally, I don’t think there is much to this rumour at this point, but you never know. If Colombia get through the group stage, and Quintero continues to impress in the knockout rounds, interest will no doubt grow and grow despite his poor record in club football.


7 Replies to “Why Spurs Shouldn’t Be Tempted By £19.5m Breakout World Cup Star”

  • How many more players is MP supposed to be an admirer of , what has happened to the other Columbian Barrios. The media just play games naming random players and attaching them to Spurs, bit there is little wonder, they know that as in every other window we are just waiting for the fire sale on the last day, when our chairman breaks his neck looking for a bargain. This has gone wrong more often than right. For every Van Der Vaart there is a Sissoko or a Gregor Rasiak or Frazer Campbell or Jannson.

  • I thought your first line was very insightful :
    ” Ole in Argentina are reporting that Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of Colombia’s Juan Fernando Quintero. Of course, we should treat any speculation such as this with a great deal of scepticism.”
    I also thought that it could have provided you the justification to skip this article and write about real stuff.
    Are you being paid by the word?

  • Agree with most of that. One thing I would add is that the reason River Plater have taken him on loan is that he’s just smashed 16 goals from 36 games back in the Colombian top league and has found his scoring boots. Saying that, I’m wary of these slightly built South Americans coming to the Prem so late in their careers. He’s 25 already and his CV isn’t looking that great.

    To be honest, Shaqiri has a far better CV and knows the Prem. I reckon he’ll go up a gear or two once he finds a happier place and has better players around him. Shame that the current odds put him as nailed on to joining Klopp at Liverpool for £13m.

  • Agree with your Shaqiri comments muttley. I like the player and in our team would be a major player. With the talent around him at Stoke he still stood out in every game. He would be a good fit for us or Liverpool.

  • Sorry Frank, the reason these Muppet’s in the press do as such, is for click-bait reasons. they only care about money make up a non story people click wohla advertisers pay. bar VS I used AD Block Plus … but do like to support independents such as this site.

  • This player I think is best midfield options out there to replace dembele and as to be got is Tanguy Ndombele
    Young French midfielder is suburb and best to become great player. As for this guy on tread have not a glue. One team coys

  • I am struggling to cope with the pace of our frantic transfer activity in order to deliver MP’s promise to get our transfer business done early. Of course it depends on one’s definition of early, does it mean before lunch on the last day rather than 10pm as usual.

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