According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are monitoring German international Mahmoud Dahoud ahead of the summer transfer window…
It’s claimed that the north London outfit are among a trio of Premier League clubs taking a keen interest in the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.
Dahoud will enter the final year of his contract at the end of the season for the Bundesliga giants, which is increasing his appeal to those tracking his situation.
Spurs’ rivals Chelsea are thought to be the front-runners to seal his signature thanks to Thomas Tuchel’s past relationship with him, whilst Manchester City are also credited with interest.
Dahoud’s return to the starting lineup under interim boss Edin Terzic has coincided with Dortmund’s recent upturn in form.
The 25-year-old has started each of their last four league outings, in which they have won three times, as well as helping them advance into the Champions League quarter-finals after bagging his second goal of the season in the first leg against Sevilla, via Transfermarkt.
Dahoud could be a perfect fit for the Premier League if his lofty comparisons are anything to go by. Bundesliga.com have previously likened him to Ilkay Gundogan, detailing:
‘Silky in possession, able to glide forward from midfield and pick out the perfect pass with the right weight at the right time, Dahoud shares a number of traits with his predecessor in the BVB midfield. A willing runner who is equally likely to score as he is to track back and cut out opposition attacks, he is the kind of player every coach would like in their team.’
This is the sort of player which is currently lacking in Jose Mourinho’s midfield as they’ve got the defensive nous of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and more creative names like Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.
It is also thought that Harry Winks could be on the chopping block ahead of the summer. According to Sport (via Sport Witness), the Englishman is expected to insist on an exit, with La Liga a likely destination.
You’d imagine that Dahoud would be an instant replacement, considering the transfer links.
In fact, he could improve in the role substantially – Winks is pretty one-dimensional; a backwards and sideways passes type. This season, he’s averaging one tackle per game and hasn’t managed above 0.8 attempts for shots, key passes or dribbles, via WhoScored.
This suggests that he’s not really doing much of a defensive or attacking nature.
By comparison, the Syrian-born German dynamo has managed 1.3 tackles each outing and is contributing further up the field, having averaged 1.2 dribbles and 1.1 shots per game, via WhoScored.
“He’s a number eight. He covers a lot of ground, can dribble really well and is quick. He can do a lot of things,” once lauded former Dortmund boss Lucien Favre, which only reinforces that view.
The “amazing talent“, in the words of a close associate, would certainly be another arrow to have in Mourinho’s bow and, as evident above, he’d be an ideal upgrade to the likely-departing Winks.
To replace the faltering Englishman with the £65,000-per-week Dahoud would seem like another transfer masterclass from Daniel Levy, should it materialise.