Following the signings of Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke, it appears that Spurs are determined to continue their summer recruitment.
Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos has been heavily linked with a move to north London in recent weeks, and football.london report that Spurs are seriously interested in the player.
It’s also reported that the Spaniard is seeking a loan move away from Los Blancos, while Spurs are only willing to proceed with a loan deal if an option to buy the player is included.
The midfielder was mostly a rotational figure in La Liga last season with the Spaniard only starting 13 of his 23 appearances.
Given Tottenham’s interest in his services, Football Fancast has collated the opinions of three experts on a key Tottenham transfer target.
“That’s what Ceballos is, in pure footballing terms: An electric, exciting, dazzling, smart midfielder. If he can set aside his documented off-field issues and control his emotions, the sky’s the limit for him.”
Analysing Ceballos’ performances at the under-21 European Championship in 2017, Tighe identified the Spaniard’s immense potential, per Bleacher Report.
That same summer, Ceballos made the seismic switch from Real Betis to Real Madrid.
While that move hasn’t bred the results Ceballos would have hoped for, his contributions during his sporadic La Liga involvement last season attest to Tighe’s glowing assessment.
Even though almost half of his appearances were as a substitute, Ceballos averaged one key pass per game last campaign. Similarly, he flaunted an impressive passing ratio of 92.6% while proving difficult for opponents to negate, as he was fouled 1.7 times per game on average.
One senses if Ceballos is handed consistent involvement and sincere appreciation he could produce his best form and begin to fulfil the monumental potential that Tighe described.
“I saw Dani Ceballos countless times with Spain’s Under-21s, and he did the same on his debut with them as he did with us, a different player. He’s special, there aren’t many like that.”
Another individual who has been very complimentary of Ceballos’ skill set has been the former Barcelona and Spain manager, Luis Enrique, as ESPN reported.
Given Enrique’s pedigree and the remarkable honours he collected both as a player, a three-time La Liga winner and as a manager, having won La Liga twice and the Champions League once, his words carry significance, and favourable analysis of the playmaker further legitimises claims of his enormous promise.
Luis Enrique has managed some of the best players in football, most notably the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos.
If anyone is well-placed to judge a player’s credentials then it’s Enrique.
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“Dani is a player with a lot of quality who makes everything easier for his team-mates. He always gives you the right pass so you can move the ball more comfortably. He makes everything simpler.”
A player who has amassed 180 La Liga appearances and has featured in both the Champions League and the Europa League, Pardo is adequately qualified and astutely aware of Ceballos’ quality and his potential, as cited by UEFA.
Pardo played alongside Ceballos at Real Betis during a brief loan move in the second half of the 2017-18 season.
Given the extent to which Pochettino has revolutionised Tottenham’s style of play, a strategy that places huge emphasis on possession and creativity, it appears that the Spaniard’s technical attributes are accordant with Spurs’ style.