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Spurs: Udogie can be Perisic’s heir after Udinese display

Tottenham Hotspur may have already signed their wing-back of the future – even if he hasn’t played a single game for the club.

In the summer, sporting director Fabio Paratici sealed a £15m move for Udinese dynamo Destiny Udogie but loaned him back to the Serie A outfit for the season.

The Italy U21 international has continued the form that initially caught the Lilywhites’ eye, so he is surely in line to make his bow for the north Londoners upon his return in the summer.

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Standing at a towering 6 foot 2 in stature, Udogie is an absolute animal, combining his brute strength with ‘devastating’ and ‘untouchable’ speed – in the words of Tuttomercatoweb.

That glowing review came from his recent league outing, where the Bianconeri drew 1-1 with Empoli but the 20-year-old was the standout star.

Udogie provided the assist for Roberto Pereyra’s all-important 70th-minute equaliser but on another day, he could’ve had a hat-trick of assists because he registered a whopping six key passes.

Also via FBref, the young talent provided eight progressive passes and was amongst the most influential players on the pitch with his 63 total touches, which highlights his attacking intent and thus would make him an ideal fit for Antonio Conte and his system at Hotspur Way.

That sort of threat in the final third could lend some comparison to Ivan Perisic, who was converted to a wing-back under the Italian tactician at Inter Milan. For his national side Croatia, he remains an attacking winger.

The summer signing, therefore, could be an ideal heir to the veteran’s throne as at 33, he’s not going to be around forever and what makes Udogie even more perfect for the role is the fact that he can defend too, having recorded four tackles at a success rate of 75% in the aforementioned encounter.

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In fact, FBref also compare the Udinese loanee to Perisic in terms of statistical profile, whilst other names such Theo Hernandez and Achraf Hakimi are also mentioned, so he’s in glowing company.

Only one other player in the Little Zebras’ squad manages more tackles per game than Udogie, whilst he’s the third most creative member of the squad, via WhoScored, too.

As such, Conte could easily stumble on his left wing-back of the future when the £4.7k-per-week gem – who ex-Sky Sports man Adam Smithy dubbed a “serious talent” who is “tailor-made” for the 53-year-old – makes his permanent switch to north London in the summer.

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