Tottenham Hostpur supporters don’t seem to know what they might be getting in Ismaila Soro.
Only 22-years-old, Soro is a potentially exciting talent. He’s already shown in flashes that he’s an energetic, ball carrying midfielder. His slight frame belies a ruggedness, with incredible enthusiasm to break up moves and turn defence into attack. Celtic supporters are distraught by the idea of losing him.
At least for Celtic, though, there’s the chance of a windfall. Having paid £2m for the Ivorian midfielder, there’s precedent for Spurs spending big on defensive enforcers. From Lyon, Tanguy Ndombele commanded a £53m fee [BBC]. Largely, his price was based on his performances in Ligue 1, and Celtic can’t expect that much. At least, though, the Bhoys are well-placed to demand significant sums for their prospect.
Inevitably, because Soro plays in Scotland, there’s cynicism. Ignoring the fact that they had Victor Wanyama, who was a breakout star in his first season at Spurs. Or Virgil van Dijk, Kieran Tierney or Andy Robertson.
Spurs fans not entirely keen on Ismaila Soro transfer, but that’s not just down to the player
The fact that Tottenham are without a manager seems to be the key problem here. Just like when Celtic are linked to players, questions arise. “Who’s he for?” is a legitimate thing to ask when there’s no head coach in place.
Still, the criticism of Daniel Levy in these tweets implies dissatisfaction with the Spurs board’s spending. Despite a brand-new stadium and a transfer spend of around £100m this season [Transfermarkt].
Here are some reactions from Spurs fans about the news:
Just another investment for levy, highly unlikely whoever is in charge next season wants him 🤦🏼♂️
— SmeggyFox (@four7zero) April 28, 2021
I’m not interested in who levy wants
— Saba (@sgeretz) April 28, 2021
If it’s Levy, then it’s because he’s cheap. Not because he’s good
— Simon Tilbury (@SimonTilbury) April 28, 2021
Is Levy chief scout now as well?
— To Dare Is Too Dear (@toDAREis2DEAR) April 28, 2021
Neil lennon incomming ??????
— me (@devlin434) April 28, 2021
The Manager might be want Ismaila Sarr but Levy just being Levy he search a bootleg version of the first choice and found Ismaila Soro
— Izu_irl_bot ⚪ (@izu_irl) April 28, 2021
Must be getting Gareth Southgate https://t.co/oIvju5zHEx
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) April 27, 2021
Clearly, they just don’t know lucky they are if they were to land the Ivorian midfielder. Fingers crossed he’s at Celtic Park for 21-22.