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Spurs eye Romero 2.0 in Piero Hincapie

Tottenham Hotspur are looking at sealing a move for Piero Hincapie…

What’s the word?

That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, who delivered an update on Spurs’ desired dealings this month. He wrote:

“Longer term, they want to bring in a left-sided central defender and will pursue a deal in the summer, with Clement Lenglet’s loan spell from Barcelona up at the end of the season.

“A player Tottenham are looking at is Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie, who is an Ecuador international, but Napoli are also keen on the 20-year-old.”

Should Spurs swoop for Hincapie?





He’d be Romero 2.0

In Hincapie, sporting director Fabio Paratici could unearth another Cristian Romero-type player for the Lilywhites.

Speaking about the Ecuador international on a recent episode of Sky Sports’ ‘Transfer Talk’ show, Bundesliga commentator Kevin Hatchard said:

“There is a tremendous young player in there but he does make mistakes – he’s given away penalties, he’s been sent off, he’s made bad passes, things like that.

“If you are willing to stick with him and give him game time, let him develop, fine. If you’re going to stick him on a bench, that would be a big worry for me. At Leverkusen, they’re very good at spotting talent, especially in South America.”

Indeed, there are surely plenty of similarities between the two players, both of whom seemingly play each game on the edge – whether that be in terms of aggression and putting themselves at risk of receiving an early bath or on the ball, attempting the sort of passes you’d expect to see from your playmaker rather than centre-back.

FBref also liken Hincapie to Romero based on statistical profile alone, with the Leverkusen defender ranking inside the top 4% for dribbles completed, the top 7% for expected assists and the top 12% for tackles, all per 90, when compared to his positional peers across Europe’s top five divisions.

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The 21-year-old, once dubbed a “prodigy” by journalist Jose de Jesus Ortiez, was thought to be available for around £34m in the summer. so he wouldn’t come cheap considering his age but as Hatchard suggests, he is one for the long-term future, just like Romero, 24.

As such, whilst a likely risk, it could be well worth Paratici swooping for Hincapie to pair him with the Argentinian in Antonio Conte‘s back three for the long-term future.

AND in other news, Paratici could land Kulusevski 2.0 as Spurs plot move for £30m “game-changing talent”…