Newly-appointed Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo could be about to raid his former club Wolves this summer…
According to Football Insider, Spurs are prepared to battle Premier League rivals Everton for the signature of Conor Coady as the Portuguese has made him a ‘priority signing’ following his arrival.
The 28-year-old centre-back was captain under Nuno at Molineux but is currently away on international duty with England at Euro 2020.
It’s thought that the north London outfit are seeking two central defensive signings and Coady has emerged as a firm target for the new manager.
Meanwhile, it is also claimed that Wolves are ready to offload several key players, and the Liverpool-born colossus is one who could garner a huge fee. He’s currently valued at £18m by CIES Football Observatory.
Nuno’s interest in Coady should ultimately come as no surprise whatsoever as the former Wolves boss relied upon the England international regularly throughout his time at the club.
Indeed, 191 of his 275 appearances for the Old Gold came under Nuno, with the 47-year-old former goalkeeper transforming his fortunes on the pitch by converting him into a centre-back, having come through the system at Liverpool as a midfielder.
Football Insider also claimed that Nuno regards him as a “lieutenant” and hopes to secure him for a similar role in N17.
Currently, there’s a player already at the club in this sort of mould who bears some very big similarities to the career of Coady, namely Eric Dier, but given that only one of the two was selected by Gareth Southgate this summer, you’d have to consider the Wolves star to be an upgrade.
The 28-year-old has already captained England in two of his five appearances at international level and, as an absolute leader from the back, he is often barking out instructions and orders from the heart of the defence, as seen by his superb mentoring of youngster Ki-Jana Hoever against Manchester United last term.
This ability has been echoed by teammate Ruben Neves, who told reporters in March: “I’ve never played with a player like him. Well, actually, when I played in the Portugal squad when I was young, we had a player like him that was always talking and helping the team. That was Ruben Dias, who is in Manchester City now.
“So, he’s the second centre-half I’ve played with who talks and helps the team that much. Conor always give us the best instructions to do our best on the pitch.”
Furthermore, former Liverpool team-mate Adam Morgan once claimed that the Wolves skipper “typifies what a leader should be” and gives you at least “7/10” performances every game.
Also dubbed “phenomenal” by The Athletic’s Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers, Coady has regularly displayed his impressive ball-playing ability, averaging a seasonal passing accuracy rate of 84.3% in all three of his Premier League campaigns, in which he’s managed at least 6.4 long balls per game, via WhoScored.
By comparison, Dier has failed to surpass 84% in either of his last two top-flight seasons, nor has he exceeded four long balls per league game since 2017/18.
It’s clear that Coady could be an instant fit in Nuno’s likely system at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and subsequently he’d be a massive upgrade on the current man to fill that role.
Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy must look to get the Portuguese his man in this window.