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Forget Eriksen: Spurs need Marcel Sabitzer

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham Hotspur have been scouting RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer…

What’s the word?

Speaking on a ‘transfer special’ with popular Spurs Youtuber Chris Cowlin, Romano said:

“Sabitzer is a player Tottenham are pursuing, they are scouting him [and have done] for two years. They like the player.

“It’s not easy to negotiate with Leipzig because they know that they are going to sell Upamecano next summer, so they will make money with Upamecano and [it] won’t be so easy to sign, also in the same summer, Sabitzer.

“A lot of clubs are interested. Jose likes this kind of player – he has quality, he’s also a fighter, running. He’s not just a quality player, he’s really ready for Premier League football.”

Should Spurs splash out on Sabitzer?

Yes, sign him!

Yes, sign him!

No way!

No way!

Forget Eriksen

Spurs have just been dealt a blow in their chances to bring Christian Eriksen to the club, according to Romano there is “no chance” the Dane returns before tonight’s deadline.

This has a knock-on effect as it means Dele Alli will be unlikely to seal a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain but perhaps Sabitzer provides a solution that suits all parties.

As Romano claims, it will be difficult to get him in the future given the situation at Leipzig, so they should swoop now – and he’d be a better option than Eriksen anyway.

Since the start of the 2019/20 campaign, Sabizter has delivered 19 goals and 15 assists across all competitions compared to Eriksen’s struggled in Inter, where he has only managed five goals and two assists.

It’s no wonder that the Leipzig talisman was dubbed a “goal threat” by his boss, Julian Nagelsmann.

It is also thought that Mourinho wants a box-to-box midfielder rather than an out-and-out no.10, as per The Times’ Duncan Castles, which is again why Sabitzer is a better fit than Eriksen right now.

Not only has the Austrian beast provided creativity, but he too attempts 2.8 tackles per 90 at a success rate of 57%, and has averaged 1.7 interceptions per 90, via WhoScored.

That shows his impressive work-rate, one that isn’t matched by the former Spurs star as during his time in north London, he never managed more than 1.6 tackles or 1.1 interceptions per 90, also via WhoScored.

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Indeed, Sabitzer also fits the profile as Romano has said before – he’d be “perfect for Jose Mourinho” and similarly, former Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick lauded his development as a “leader” as “remarkable.”

Alli, who has played only 472 minutes in all competitions, is clearly not going to break into Mourinho’s plans anytime soon, so a move to PSG would suit him and with the blow over Eriksen, Spurs really could do with someone like Sabitzer before tonight’s deadline.

The Athletic believe he could be available for £30m or under given his contractual situation.

Daniel Levy must look to sanction this sooner, rather than later.

AND in other news, Spurs must swoop for “fearless” 26-cap beast amid Romano claim

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