Tottenham Hotspur are plotting a move for Leandro Trossard…
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that Spurs are accelerating their interest in the Brighton and Hove Albion winger as manager Antonio Conte eyes attacking reinforcements before deadline day.
The 28-year-old is a likely candidate to leave the Amex Stadium this month and whilst a deal is not imminent, it could be expected to happen later in the window.
It also remains to be seen how much the Seagulls would want to let him depart, especially considering he was not involved in their FA Cup win over Middlesbrough last weekend.
With the Italian head coach looking for strength up front, it would make sense to launch a move for a tried-and-tested Premier League talent and perhaps the Belgium international is ready to make that step up to a perceived ‘bigger club.’
Across 16 appearances this term, Trossard has found the net seven times, whilst also averaging 1.4 key chances created per game, which builds on his eight-goal and three-assist return last season, via WhoScored.
The former Genk gem is not only capable of playing on the flanks but can also be deployed through the middle as either a no.10 or a secondary striker.
That sort of versatility is exactly what Conte will be looking for because he already has the likes of Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski, Lucas Moura, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in the attack – it’s just that three of the five have been out with injury in recent weeks.
In some ways, Trossard could well be the manager’s next Eden Hazard, a key player during his time at Chelsea, where he won a league title and an FA Cup.
Both have been Belgium internationals, are short in stature with a low centre of gravity, and like to cut inside to contribute, which is very much the same case for FBref‘s most similar players in terms of statistical profile, with Wilfried Zaha and Gabriel Martinelli listed.
Once lauded as a “wizard” by journalist Charlie Haffenden and a “game-changer” by BBC’s Phil McNulty, Trossard could be a very valuable and worthwhile addition to Spurs’ squad this month, so sporting director Fabio Paratici must look to secure a deal for the £18m-rated talent.