Willian will be a major trump card for Tottenham, says Meulensteen

The Brazilian is closing in on a move to White Hart Lane and his former coach says he has the skill and creativity to be a success in the Premier League under Andre Villas-Boas
Former Manchester United coach and short-lived Anzhi Makhachkala boss Rene Meulensteen feels Willian will be a huge hit for Tottenham should he swap Russia for north London.

Spurs are understood to be closing in on a €70 million double swoop for Willian and Roma star Erik Lamela, with Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerimov forced to offload the club's biggest stars.

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Meulensteen worked with the Brazilian playmaker during his brief spell at the Russian club and believes he will be a success in the Premier League.

"I think he is going to be a major trump card for Spurs if they can get the deal through because he is a player who can play in different positions,” he told Sky Sports News.

"He's very creative, he can take a man on, he can beat a player and he can score a goal. I thought he was an absolute delight to work with."

Willian’s potential arrival is likely to increase speculation surrounding Gareth Bale’s future, but Meulensteen insists the 25-year-old is not a like-for-like replacement for the Welshman.

He added: “I don’t know what’s happening there [with Bale] but you can’t compare the two he’s a completely different player.”