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Spurs had a nightmare over failed swoop to sign Sofyan Amrabat

Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici were hard at work throughout the last summer transfer window as they attempted to improve the Tottenham Hotspur squad.

Yves Bissouma, Clement Lenglet, Richarlison, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster all came through the door, whilst Destiny Udogie arrived before heading back out on loan to Udinese.

These signings have helped Spurs to sit fourth in the Premier League table after 15 matches and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

However, this does not mean that the Italian duo will not look back on the summer window with some regret as there were players that they missed out on who could have been excellent additions to the squad.

This was also the case with the January window in 2022 as Tottenham failed to get a deal for Sofyan Amrabat over the line. Fabrizio Romano claimed that the club were in “advanced” talks over a swoop for the central midfielder but they did not end up bringing him to England.

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Their failure over a move for the gem has turned out to be a nightmare as the 26-year-old is currently thriving at the World Cup in Qatar for Morocco.

The Fiorentina machine has caught the eye with a couple of impressive displays in the middle of the park for his country, contributing to his side picking up four points and keeping two clean sheets against Croatia and Belgium.

Journalist Ryan Taylor claimed that Amrabat was “excellent at nullifying Kevin De Bruyne” against the Red Devils and the statistics back that up. The Manchester City superstar only created one chance in 90 minutes, failed both of his attempted dribbles, and lost possession of the ball 28 times – as per Sofascore.

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These statistics show that the Moroccan gem, who made two tackles and one interception, helped to keep the former Wolfsburg talent quiet throughout the game, which stifled the Belgium attack and allowed Amrabat’s side to win the match.

The midfielder also caught the eye for his country at the African Cup of Nations earlier this year. He averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.10 across five appearances in the competition as he made 3.6 tackles and interceptions per game and won 65% of his ground duels.

Morocco manager Walid Regragui described him as “world-class” and backed the gem to seal a big transfer away from Fiorentina in 2023, with Liverpool reportedly eyeing up the talent.

This suggests that Spurs will now face stiff competition for his services if they attempt to reignite their interest in the upcoming January window, due to his performances at the World Cup.

Therefore, failing to sign the £32k-per-week gem in January was a nightmare for Conte and Spurs as his subsequent performances indicate that they missed out on signing an excellent, combative, midfielder and they may struggle to snap him up this time around due to interest from elsewhere.