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Spurs eye Bentancur 2.0 in Weston McKennie

Tottenham Hotspur could still make a move for Weston McKennie during the January transfer window, according to football.london reporter Alasdair Gold

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The reliable local journalist suggested the Juventus midfielder as a potential target after the World Cup in a recent video for his YouTube channel.

“I wouldn’t rule out Tottenham continuing to look at Weston McKennie. He’s a good player, got a great engine, box-to-box, very versatile as well,” he said.

“They’ve got a lot of options in that midfield, but with his versatility, who knows if they look at him again in this upcoming window, because I do think he’d be a good player.”

In the past, Gold has also claimed that Lilywhites sporting director Fabio Paratici “adores” the USMNT international, so a move could very much be on the cards in the near future.

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Bentancur 2.0

It is true that Spurs boss Antonio Conte is stacked with options in the engine room, perhaps the most of anywhere else on the pitch, but he is hardly going to say no to adding another top-quality candidate.

McKennie’s versatility is a key asset as he would be able to play anywhere in the engine room, making any tactical shifts rather easy to make as the 24-year-old dynamo will be able to shift across to any role required.

“He’s an outstanding talent. In the No.6 or No.8 position he has the mentality, a real working mentality that you need,” once claimed his former Schalke 04 boss David Wagner.

Currently, the American is starring for the USA at the World Cup in Qatar, where he helped his side thwart England over the weekend. In 77 minutes, he registered two tackles, won four duels and created one big chance – on top of having a 90% passing accuracy, too, via Sofascore.

The Telegraph even suggested that his performance ‘made England sweat’, whilst journalist Miguel Delaney claimed that he completely dominated Gareth Southgate’s midfield.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was also impressed by the bit-part Juventus ace, suggesting that his energy was “excellent,” and that sort of quality is something that will make Conte very keen to secure his signature this winter.

Indeed, Evening Standard reporter Dan Kilpatrick added some weight to this argument as he suggested that McKennie would be “very useful” to Spurs, particularly in a counter-attack system, which by and large is what the Italian deploys in north London.

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Given the timing of the potential swoop and the player’s form for the Serie A giants (he ranks 17th of 25 for average WhoScored rating), this move could well be Rodrigo Bentancur 2.0 – an Old Lady flop turned Spurs fan-favourite in less than a year.

As such, Paratici and his staff must be trusted if they are to launch a move for the American monster at the turn of the year. After dominating England, McKennie could quite clearly cut the mustard in the Premier League, so Tottenham must look to land the £26m midfielder in the coming months.

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