According to a report by Marco Colombia, Tottenham Hotspur have been in touch with Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios’ family. The report adds that Tottenham are yet to submit an official offer for his transfer.
Barrios, 24, starred for Colombia in the World Cup, featuring in all four games. The midfield enforcer’s involvement in Russia is now over as England beat them in a penalty shootout.
It is high time for Mauricio Pochettino to make significant additions to the squad. If we are to compete for silverware next season, there are certain areas that need to be bolstered and central midfield is certainly one such department.
Eric Dier has been a constant presence in the middle of the park and he often links up with either Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama or our academy graduate Harry Winks. Dembele is yet to extend his contract with our club, meaning his future is up in the air. Should the Belgian decide to quit Tottenham ahead of the new season, Pochettino’s team will become light in the midfield.
Hence, it is clear that Pochettino needs to boost his midfield with a couple of quality additions. In that case, a move for Colombian international Wilmar Barrios would be ideal. However, it would be foolish to expect Barrios to come right in and replace Dembele at White Hart Lane.
The 24-year-old will need time to adjust to life in England before he starts showing his true colours on the pitch. After Barrios’ displays in the World Cup, it is evident that he is a feisty operator in the middle of the park and possesses excellent levels of energy. But if he wants to make a name for himself in the Premier League, he should play a disciplined game under Pochettino.
Barrios has all the tools to succeed and we must make a formal offer to Boca Juniors for the player’s transfer.