Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly heading back in for one of their top targets, with talks set to resume…
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who took to Twitter yesterday to issue an update on their pursuit of Pedro Porro.
The Sporting Lisbon wing-back has been a target of Antonio Conte’s for some time now, with the Italian keen on bolstering his options in that role. At the moment, neither Emerson Royal nor Matt Doherty has staked a convincing claim for the starting spot.
The Italian journalist tweeted:
“Tottenham will insist again for Pedro Porro deal this week as contacts are still ongoing with intermediaries… #THFC Portuguese right back, keen on the move but Sporting insist on €45m (£40m) release clause. New round of talks will take place soon.”
This could be a move integral in turning around what has been a tumultuous season thus far for the Lilywhites, filled with inconsistency and frustration.
The recent blistering form of Newcastle United and Manchester United has seen them lose significant ground in the race for top-four, as they now sit five points from the Red Devils having played a game extra.
During that game, Doherty would be handed the starting spot only to deliver a 6.8 Sofascore rating before being subbed. Emerson was an unused option.
To truly allow his system to thrive the bulk of his offensive threat must come from electric wingbacks. There is arguably no one else in Europe who personifies that more than Porro, given his recent exploits in Portugal.
In just 23 games this season across all competitions the 23-year-old has recorded two goals and ten assists, which combined would put him with the second-most goal contributions this season for Spurs behind Harry Kane.
With each passing season, the Spaniard seems to improve, which has been noted by journalist Zach Lowy. He took to Twitter to praise the youngster back in October, where he described him as “a special talent” and the “best right back in Portugal.”
This is supplemented by his statistics on FBref, where he is outlined as the quintessential offensive fullback.
When compared to others in his position around Europe, he ranks in the top 1% for assists, total shots, shot-creating actions and touches in the opposition penalty area, the top 4% for non-penalty goals, and the top 8% for dribbles completed.
In the attacking third there is simply nobody on his level, with creativity in abundance and the unquantifiable ability to beat a man.
If Conte truly seeks to turn around his season, as he did with some shrewd deals last January, then Porro is a must-sign prospect this month.