Lassana Diarra To Tottenham Hotspur: Journeyman Or Missing Link?

Lassana Diarra looks set to continue his quest to play for every club in London and join his old boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur. Is this the signing of the summer?
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Lassana Diarra looks set to continue his quest to play for every club in London and join his old boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur. Is this the signing of the summer?

Lassana Diarra looks set to continue his quest to play for every club in London and join his old boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur. Is this the signing of the summer?

Who is he?

Catching sight of Lassana Diarra these days is not that tough. Last weekend he was spotted looking sullen at a Paris St. Germain game and for the past month or so Lassana was regularly being snapped looking sullen driving in and out of Real Madrid’s training ground, whilst looking sullen trotting around the pitch with three other players in between these events.

Where the Madrid man couldn’t been seen was with José Mourinho’s squad in any of the club’s pre-season matches across the US, Europe and China. This isn’t exactly the Madrid’s manager’s fault as Mourinho would have been more than happy to have the services of the versatile French midfielder for the season to come. Instead, it is Lassana himself who has placed himself in the role of a ‘want-away’ star and therefore completely dead to his coach.

Despite making 26 league appearances for Real Madrid last season, Lassana feels that he should have made 12 more and been a regular starter alongside Xabi Alonso. However, his coach disagreed by choosing the more rock steady Sami Khedira for that role instead.

Mourinho still called on Lassana enough times to keep most footballing egos happy. The problem is that Lassana is not like most footballers and is fortunate enough to suffer no existentialist doubts at all about his own ability, a conviction that saw the footballer move from Chelsea to Arsenal in a huff over a lack of opportunities and then from Arsenal to Portsmouth in a huff over a lack of opportunities.

The former Le Havre man can also play as a right-back although any future coach will have to ask him very nicely to do so.

After one-and-half seasons on the south coast, Real Madrid came a’calling in the winter of the 2008/2009 season and Lassana was off again. This time the midfielder didn’t swap Fratton Park for the Santiago Bernabeu in a huff but because he was not completely mad. Lassana now wants to be on his travels once again, but any club that signs him but does not guarantee him a starting place can expect a whole bag of trouble from the Frenchman.

Strengths

Dynamism is Lassana’s strongest suit. One way or another, there is rarely a game where the midfielder does not go unnoticed. Despite his apparent wanderlust, Lassana is committed to the cause when required and is astute enough to play both as a dutiful ball-winner, an energetic ball-chaser and a confident ball-passer. The former Le Havre man can also play as a right-back although any future coach will have to ask him very nicely to do so.

Weaknesses

Lassana’s commitment can often get the better of him, especially in big games when a headless chicken tendency becomes apparent. The midfielder is a guarantee to pick up the first yellow card of any match.

Chances Of Signing Him

José Mourinho and Real Madrid would like the Frenchman gone, gone, gone as quickly as possible. However, the club are looking for €20m which is a little bit steep. If Spurs are looking to sign him, it may be worth waiting until the end of the transfer window as Madrid always sells extremely badly and at knock down prices when last minute dealings are done. However, Harry Redknapp can expect a footballer whose pre-season preparation has consisted of brooding and running around a pitch but will still expect to anchor the midfield.

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