Now that the World Cup is over and different players have turned some heads, there is one world-champion attacker that Tottenham Hotspur should be all in on.
The World Cup is not the same as club football; teams should not overreact to player performances and splurge to sign the latest darling of the international scene. That said, one attacker on the new world-champion Argentina team should have caught the attention of Tottenham Hotspur’s leadership, Alexis Mac Allister.
For those paying attention in the Premier League, you already know Mac Allister’s name and the promise he has shown at Brighton & Hove Albion over the last couple of seasons. Promise that has started to turn into production this season, with five goals in the Premier League. Which was enough production for Mac Allister to get a call-up to La Selección. After sitting out the first match, Mac Allister played a significant part in winning the World Cup, like Spurs’ own Cristian Romero.
Why Mac Allister makes sense for Tottenham
On the surface, Mac Allister is not necessarily the first player Tottenham needs, with holes in the defense and little depth behind Dejan Kulusevski on the right, as Mac Allister is traditionally a left-sided player. However, if you look at how he plays and what he brings as a right-footed player on the left, Mac Allister has many of the same traits as Kulusevski and would be a good alternative link-up option to the Swede.
Still only 23 years of age, Mac Allister has been part of the Brighton set-up since 2018, joining on loan from Argentinos Jrs, who still have a 10% stake in Alexis’ future transfer rights (transfermarket.com). Officially with Brighton since 2022 on a contract that runs until 2025, and coming off a notable set of performances in the Cup, Mac Allister will likely not be cheap, with reports that he could cost close to £30 million.
Ultimately, the lure of playing for Tottenham will hopefully sway the Mac Allister camp to move on from Brighton; with Graham Potter having left the Seagulls, we can hope that changes the equation for a long-term stay with Brighton. If Spurs could pull off a January deal, Mac Allister could have the same impact as Kulusevski last season, which is the kind of injection Tottenham needs.