We used to refer to Tottenham as the vanilla ice cream of the Premier League. Nobody really dislikes vanilla. You can rely on vanilla for a good showing on your palette but it’s never the best option.
Tottenham is no longer vanilla.
Zlatan to Tottenham?
Zlatan landing at Tottenham actually makes some sense, with caveats. Ibra performed well for Mou at Manchester United. He’s proven capable of scoring goals at age 38.
However, being 38 and playing in the most physically demanding domestic league don’t get hand-in-hand. Zlatan would need to accept a super-sub role behind Harry Kane. He’d also need to be able to play a full 90 with at least some defensive contribution when Kane is injured. We don’t expect either of those to be issues. It’s just that Zlatan is likely assured more playing time if he were to return to a Serie A side.
Zlatan would certainly add an interesting dynamic to Spurs in the dressing room and on the pitch. This isn’t a particularly risky move for Spurs. The potential upside far outweighs the downside so long as Zlatan accepts his role.
Maybe Zlatan was right about him being the best player in MLS last season. No major European contenders are calling for Carlos Vela right now. Zlatan is in high demand this offseason.