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Spurs could find their next Moussa Dembele in Weston McKennie

The January transfer window is fast approaching and Tottenham Hotspur may dip into the market to improve their squad ahead of the second half of the campaign.

Antonio Conte, along with every other club manager, has been given an unprecedented opportunity to scout players at the 2022 World Cup prior to the winter window and one player who may have caught his eye is central midfielder Weston McKennie.

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Former Spurs shot-stopper Brad Friedel recently claimed that the club “should definitely” be in the running to sign the former FC Schalke dynamo, after his impressive showing against England in Qatar.

Fabio Paratici is reportedly interested in signing the gem for the English side and Calciomercato have stated that Juventus are hoping to cash in on the midfielder for a fee of up to €30m (£26m)

Conte could now land Tottenham’s new Moussa Dembele by pushing his compatriot to strike a deal for the 24-year-old dynamo in January.

When asked about his style of play and where he would prefer to line up on the pitch, the USA international told the Bundesliga website:

“I can’t just play one position. I can’t just play offence or just defence. For me, the best time I’ve ever had was playing as a number eight, where I was free to come back to get the ball and to go forward as well.

“I may not be the person that scores or assists that often, but I feel like I’m good at connecting plays or that defences are aware of just my presence. I have to roam a little bit.”

This indicates that McKennie is similar to the former Spurs and Belgium man as the now-veteran excelled at linking up play between all three thirds.

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Journalist Joel Sked described him as the ‘finest’ box-to-box midfielder in the Premier League in 2017, ahead of N’Golo Kante, and hailed the way he made an impact at both ends of the pitch, winning the ball back in his own third before connecting the play through to the attacking unit.

The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal claimed that McKennie “raises the ceiling” for the USA when he plays well and the gem showcased his all-action qualities in a 0-0 draw with England at the World Cup.

As per Sofascore, the maestro completed 100% of his attempted dribbles, won four of his six ground duels, and completed 90% of his passes – creating one chance for his teammates.

These statistics suggest that he is capable of Dembele-like performances by making an impact off the ball, in transition, and in possession.

At the age of 24, he is a young player with the potential to grow and Conte could help him to fulfill his promise and develop him into a figurehead in the Spurs midfield, just as the Belgian international was for Mauricio Pochettino for a number of years.