Head coach Tim Sherwood believes Tom Carroll could represent the missing piece in Tottenham's midfield.
Carroll is currently on loan at Championship promotion contenders Queens Park Rangers, having also enjoyed temporary stints at Leyton Orient and Derby County in previous seasons.
While the 21-year-old has first-team football hard to come by at White Hart Lane , Sherwood feels he could offer something different and play a similiar role to former Tottenham man Luka Modric - now at Real Madrid.
The 45-year-old, who took over from Andre Villas-Boas in December, also revealed he tried to recall Carroll from his loan at Loftus Road in a bid to give himself more midfield options.
"Sometimes you want to bring someone on to make a difference, a different type, and I just think the blend's not fantastic," Sherwood told The Tottenham Journal.
"But that takes time to work with and it's also in the recruitment process of the club.
"Sandro and (Etienne) Capoue are similar in stature and in the way they break up the game. I think Paulinho's a little bit different, he likes to break forward into the box.
"But we miss that player - I'm not saying (Mousa) Dembele can't do it because he can pick it up and he can dribble – but we miss someone who moves that ball and passes it between the lines very quickly, and he assists the assister.
"Gareth Bale needed that ball very quickly and I think Luka Modric got it to him very quickly. I think Tom Carroll was that player - he can do that, absolutely. I tried to bring Tom back (in January), it just wasn't possible."
While Sherwood has been unable to play call upon Carroll, teenage Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb was afforded a number of opportunities early in his reign.
The 19-year-old has, however, been an unused substitute in Tottenham's last four outings and Sherwood explained that it was for his own good.
"He's been unlucky not to be playing, but I'm trying to protect him – and I think Manchester United did the same with (Adnan) Januzaj. He's not featured in the last month or so," he added.
"Sometimes a young boy can't go in (the team) and stay in forever. It's an art of when to put them in and when to bring them back, but he (Bentaleb) isn't shying away and he wants to play more than anyone."
|Man City arrivals have brought trophy hunger back - Kompany|
|Better than Suarez & Van Persie: Opta stat proves West Ham have a bargain in Hernandez|
|Wolf signs on with promoted Stuttgart|
|Striker Hernandez completes £16m West Ham switch|
|Lukaku reveals how Pogba talked him into Man Utd move|
|Morata: It was my destiny to play for Conte|
|´All good!´ - Keita and Demme make up after Leipzig spat|
|Bernardeschi joins Juventus for €40m|
|Wolfsburg out of race for AC Milan´s Suso|
|Cassano delivers third U-turn in baffling week to confirm retirement|
|Bailly to miss Man Utd´s Super Cup clash with Real Madrid|
|Riedewald reunited with De Boer at Crystal Palace|
|Neymar ´would be welcome´ at Real Madrid, jokes Casemiro|
|James & Ancelotti back Morata for Chelsea success|
|I don´t think Pique was joking – Alba confident Neymar will stay|
|Maldini hails Bonucci capture and backs Milan for Champions League challenge|
|RB Leipzig´s Demme escapes serious injury after reported Keita bust-up|
|Inter 1 Lyon 0: United target Perisic impresses as Jovetic nets winner|
|Leaving so soon? Cassano the latest in football´s long list of short stays|
|You´ll miss me! – Mbappe bids farewell to new Manchester City signing Mendy|
|I always wanted Manchester City, says new signing Mendy|
|Cassano quits Verona as saga takes another twist|
|Manchester City spree continues with Mendy arrival|
|Dortmund rule out selling Sokratis to Juventus|
|Milan coach Montella hopes Scudetto can become ´a concrete goal´|
|Martial is a defender´s nightmare, says Lingard|
|Pedro suffered facial fractures, Conte confirms|
|Bale gunning for more Real Madrid success as United speculation ends|
|Ancelotti rules out Vidal sale, Sanches departure ´a possibility´|
|Van Dijk left out of Southampton´s pre-season trip|
|Bernardeschi attends Juventus medical ahead of €40m switch|
|Bayern president labels big spending ´a sign of weakness´ amid Neymar rumours|
|I sent 10 messages a day - Montella pestered Milan chiefs to attempt Bonucci coup|
|Defoe dreaming of World Cup call-up|
|MLS Review: Timbers, Sounders claim important conference wins|
|Mexico 0 Jamaica 1: Late Lawrence stunner sinks defending champions|
|Vardy: I have no regrets after turning down Arsenal|
|Conte believes Fabregas could be key for Chelsea|
|Blanc: Difficult for Verratti to leave PSG|
|Mourinho praises Martial but wants consistency from United star|
|Morata backed for Chelsea success by Spanish duo|
|Zidane: I haven´t asked for a forward amid Mbappe links|
|Henry: Messi´s development not yet over|
|De Boer compares Zaha to Neymar|
|Neymar could take PSG to next level – Blanc|
|Real Madrid 1 Manchester United 1 (1-2 pens): De Gea proves his worth to Mourinho|
|Belotti scores in Torino win, Terry lifts bizarre Cup of Traditions|
|PSG cannot get Sanchez so they go for Neymar - Wenger|
|De Rossi: Juventus have no weaknesses|
|He´s staying - Pique eases Barcelona fears over Neymar|
|Bordeaux to sign Arsenal flop Wellington Silva|
|Markovic free to leave Liverpool, says Klopp|
|WATCH: Insane hailstorm leads to friendly cancellation|
|Terry lifts bizarre trophy as Aston Villa claim Cup of Traditions crown|
|Kolarov: Lazio was a good experience, but they are my rivals|
|Dybala not worth as much as Neymar - Chiellini|
|Ronaldo: Being better than Messi is my motivation|
|Lahm named German Footballer of the Year 2017 after retirement|
|Danilo sets out Man City Champions League ambition|
|Neymar will stay at Barcelona, insists Marlon|
|Cahill named new Chelsea captain by Conte|
|Kenedy ´strongly reprimanded´ as Chelsea apologise again to people of China|
|Klopp expects Can stay after ´good talks´ over new Liverpool contract|
|Perisic can leave if Manchester United make serious offer – Spalletti|
|Shaw, Young and Rojo have ´no chance´ for start of new season|
|Rooney one of the best in his position - Koeman|
|Leaving on a jet plane - Mendy flies off to LA as Man City move nears|
|Bilic hails arrival of ´massive player´ Arnautovic|
|Bosz: Aubameyang to China talk is ´nonsense´|
|El Salvador´s Romero banned for biting Altidore|
|Real Madrid defender Danilo joins Manchester City|
|Pedro travels home after suffering concussion|
|MLS Review: Villa, New York City end Chicago run as Dallas go top|
|Costa Rica 0 United States 2: Dempsey equals Donovan record in win|
|Valverde: Barcelona must keep Neymar|
|Paris Saint-Germain 2 Tottenham 4: Eriksen, Alderweireld score stunning goals|
|De Gea definitely staying at Man United – Mourinho|
|Mourinho rules out United move for Bale|
|Juventus 1 Barcelona 2: Neymar shines with superb brace|
|Rooney scores again for Everton as Sevilla are shocked|