How good is Spurs target Dani Olmo?

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Dinamo Zagreb attacker Dani Olmo has been heavily linked with a possible move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, with Mundo Deportivo claiming that a deal is nearing completion.

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What exactly can the Spain Under-21 international do, however?

Olmo has not really been seen on these shores, tucked away in the Croatian League, and statistics are relatively scarce.

However, at the age of 21, he has made over 100 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals and providing 21 assists, and is capable of playing in attacking midfield and on both flanks.

A lithe forward, he excels with the ball at his feet and is capable of beating men at will. One clip on a YouTube video showcasing his skills sees him slipping away from six opposition players. Yes, you read that right, six.

A member of the Spain squad that won the Under-21 European Championships this summer, Olmo played four games at the tournament and his statistics are enlightening.

Per WhoScored, he averaged two key passes per game, 1.8 dribbles and four shots per game. He scored three goals and provided one assist.

He is regularly roughhoused by opposition defenders and was fouled 1.8 times per game, while he also averaged a pass completion rate of 82.9%.

One might think that number is relatively low for a player featuring for Spain but it speaks more to his desire to run with the ball, thus he is attempting to pass it at speed and that can lead to inaccuracy.

He also makes 1.3 tackles per game, which, for Mauricio Pochettino, is likely to go down well.

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A hard worker

Olmo is constantly on the lookout for the next opportunity.

He can often collect the ball from deep and drive forward, looking to beat defenders and create space for those around him.

Mundo Deportivo speaks of a bid being tabled from Spurs of €25m (£22.4m), and that is about right for a player who appears to be bursting onto the big stage.

His high ceiling is evidenced by his participation, and form, in the summer tournament and one feels that Zagreb will want to extract a high fee for such a promising young player.

Olmo, of course, is not yet the finished article, but Pochettino has polished a fair few rough diamonds in his time; he could do so again here.