Sergi Roberto will remind a lot of Spurs fans of Luka Modric, a player whose style they have missed ever since he was sold to Real Madrid in that £33 million deal by Daniel Levy.
If they are looking for the sort of player who can fill that void in the current squad and they may have just found him in the shape of the 21-year-old.
The play maker seems to be getting itchy feet at the Spanish giants due to the fact he’s heading well into his 20s and he doesn’t seem to have done much to convince Tito Vilanova that he’s good enough for a regular shot in the first team.
Spurs should definitely use that to their advantage. Just because he can’t get into the Barca first team doesn’t make him a bad player, it’s just due to the number of established stars they have in his position.
Roberto definitely has something as a middle man because he’s broken into four different Spanish international teams at youth level, which is not easy considering the competitive nature with those Spanish teams.
His agent seems to have indicated that he wants to leave the club and Spurs should seriously consider making a big bid. It will have to be big because there are bound to be several other top clubs interested in him.
Roberto does look a bit lightweight but then that was one of the striking features of Modric’s play and it doesn’t seem to have harmed the way Chelsea’s current midfield works.
He’s the sort of player who can almost be like a more creative Lewis Holtby in the current side. The sort of player who will dart around the pitch, looking for the pockets of space that will allow him to get his head up and play a killer pass.
The fact he’s come from the Barcelona youth system also tells Spurs they can be confident in his ability to get on the ball, control it in confined spaces and also play simple passes under pressure.
It’s understandable that he could be very daunted by the prospect of playing in London but Spurs can offer him a genuine chance to make that creative midfield role his own.
They also have the sorts of players who can rotate around him, protecting him from the opposition and allowing him to have a big influence in key games.
This is the sort of signing Spurs will have to consider over the summer if they don’t finish in the top four. If Champions League football isn’t something they can boast about next year, they won’t have any chance of securing many of their first choice transfer targets.
Is Roberto worth a risk?