Mills tips Spurs to sign Digne from Everton

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Danny Mills believes that Lucas Digne could join Tottenham Hotspur from Everton this summer, per Football Insider.

What’s he said?

Spurs have already signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon and Jack Clarke from Leeds United in this transfer window.

And Mills believes that Spurs will kick on with more acquisitions as they look to strengthen a squad that saw no investment whatsoever last summer and in January.

A report in June from the Daily Mirror claimed that the club were interested in signing Digne from Everton, and that the Toffees wanted Danny Rose in part-exchange, and Mills can see the former Barcelona star ending up in north London.

He said: “The merry-go-round has been given a big push by the Ndombele and Clarke deals, and I’m expecting Tottenham to be busy for the rest of the window.

“There is talk of Lucas Digne going to Tottenham to replace Danny Rose if he leaves. There could be something in that, and it’s one to keep an eye on as a late window deal.”

However, he does not expect the transfer to be cheap after Digne enjoyed an impressive season at Goodison Park; he made a total of 37 appearances in 2018/19, scoring four goals and laying on five assists.

He added: “He has been brilliant.

“He’s now worth £40million, more than double what they paid. He is technically very good, excellent going forward and knows how to defend. He’s going to get even better as he gets more used to the Premier League.”

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An upgrade

There aren’t many better options at left-back than Rose but Digne is one of them.

In the Premier League, per WhoScored, the Englishman averaged 1.9 tackles per game, 0.9 interceptions, 0.8 clearances and 0.2 blocks. He made 1.3 dribbles and provided three assists while averaging 0.8 crosses per 90 minutes.

Digne, by comparison, averaged 2 tackles per game, 1.7 interceptions, 2.7 clearances and 0.3 blocks. He made 0.4 dribbles and provided four assists while averaging 2.4 crosses per game.

Digne is a more accomplished attacker and clearly delivers the ball with more regularity; where Rose hangs on to it (hence the higher completed dribbles), Digne will more often than not look to offload.

And one has to feel that he’d be absolutely perfect for a team instituting a high press and a swift counter-attacking gameplan, such are his statistics.

He could well be Pochettino’s perfect full-back if a move comes off.