In Focus: Tottenham could hold the advantage over Chelsea in Jann-Fiete Arp chase

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to battle Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal and Serie A giants Juventus for the signing of young Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp, who is described as being similar in style to Harry Kane.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says Spurs are the latest club to check on the impressive 17-year-old, has broken into the Bundesliga outfit’s team this season as well as being prolific for the Germany U17s.

The Daily Mail says that the north London outfit have sent scouts to watch the teenager in action, but they could face competition from Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus for his signature.

The fact that Arp has previously admitted that Kane is his role model rather than the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could hold Mauricio Pochettino’s men in a good position to tempt him to join them.

How well has he done this season?

He has been excellent.

The 17-year-old only made his debut for the first team as a late substitute against Werder Bremen at the end of September, but he has scored in both of his Bundesliga appearances since then including one in the 3-1 win against Stuttgart on Saturday – his full debut.

The striker has also netted seven goals in three appearances for the U19 side this term, while he has 15 goals in 17 appearances for the Germany U17 team having appeared for them at the World Cup and the European Championships.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

He certainly would be.

While Kane is obviously the main man for Spurs, Fernando Llorente is probably unlikely to stay when his contract runs out in 2019 and Pochettino will be looking for a younger striker that can provide competition for his talisman.

Arp looks to have the traits and abilities to do that judging by his goalscoring record, as well as the fact that he hasn’t been fazed by being thrown in at the deep end of a Bundesliga relegation battle this season.

What about Chelsea?

With Batshuayi seemingly continuing to fail to impress Conte the Italian may well be looking to strengthen his strike-force in January, but he would be unlikely to put his faith in a 17-year-old as he looks to win the Premier League title and progress to the latter stages of the Champions League.

A loan away would be more likely if he did move to Stamford Bridge, but whether that would suit Arp would remain to be seen.

 


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