Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol believes the English club have moved too late to secure the signing of Ajax’s Donny van de Beek.
The 22-year-old was one of the stars in Ajax’s run to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, notably scoring the only goal of the game in their first-leg win over Spurs.
The London side may have overturned the deficit in dramatic fashion in the return game against the Eredivisie giants, but van de Beek still left a major impression.
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Jol, who has been in charge of both Spurs and Ajax during his managerial career, feels that the Lilywhites should have made a move for the midfielder in January, before his transfer value rose significantly on the back of Ajax’s European adventure.
The player has been linked with a move to Spurs in recent months and now carries a valuation of around £45million – this would have been far lower when he was not a first-team regular at the start of the year.
“Then it comes down to expertise. For example van de Beek in the winter you could [have] bought him for much less because he wasn’t always in the team,” Jol told Football London.
“That’s what scouts have to do, recognise the players, recognise the market. That is the only thing I can say because after it’s too late and Spurs won’t pay £50m or £60m.”