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Spurs: Sofyan Amrabat has outclassed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in Qatar

Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Sofyan Amrabat caused a shock at the World Cup as Morocco knocked 2010 champions Spain out to advance to the quarter-finals.

According to reports in Italy, Spurs are continuing to track his situation at Fiorentina, with his contract set to expire in 2024. Fabio Paratici and co came forward with interest last year but did not sign him in the end.

90min journalist Sean Walsh also claimed that the Lilywhites “remain interested” in the midfielder but now face competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool.

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Meanwhile, the Atlas Lions have been the surprise package in Qatar, having topped a tough Group F that contained both Belgium, one of the favourites for the tournament, and Croatia, who too are in the last eight.

And after stunning the Red Devils, Luis Enrique’s side were the next nation to be conquered by the north African underdogs, with Amrabat playing a starring role.

At the heart of a resolute defensive display – described as a “masterclass” by analyst Sam McGuire – Amrabat was a key cog in Walid Regragui’s counter-attack tactic. They soaked up the dominant Spain possession before hitting them on the break and whilst it took penalties to see them into the next round, Morocco by far had the better chances.

As per FBref, the La Viola powerhouse was central to it all as he won 100% of his four tackles, despite playing against the next generation of potential Balon d’Or talent in Gavi and Pedri, as well as veteran Sergio Busquets, who has won it all.

Amrabat’s stubborn presence also saw Morocco win three free-kicks, whilst he was an absolute rock defensively, winning one interception, recovering the ball nine times and only losing one of eight duels, via Sofascore.

Speaking about his performance, journalist Mimi Fawaz said: “Sofyan Amrabat has been solid for Morocco in their midfield. His work rate and performances he’s put in at this #FIFAWorldCup deserves praise,” whilst writer John McAuley dubbed him “immense“.

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It was a stark contrast to the performances of current Spurs star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who exited at the group stages with a very underwhelming Denmark side. The Antonio Conte regular averaged fewer defensive contributions (interceptions, tackles and duels won) than Amrabat at the tournament.

The Morocco “monster” – as lauded by ECHO journalist Charlotte Coates – could very much be a shrewd signing by Paratici in January, given his likely price tag of around €30m (£26m) as he could continue to outclass the Danish favourite in north London.

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