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Spurs target Denzel Dumfries shows Conte what he’s missing

Tottenham Hotspur will be keeping an eye on several players during the World Cup in Qatar and on Saturday, one mooted transfer target put in an electric display that would have left manager Antonio Conte wondering what he must to do to lure him to the club.

According to 90min, the north London outfit have already enquired to Inter Milan about Denzel Dumfries ahead of the January window as they look for right wing-back reinforcements.

TEAMtalk transfer insider Graeme Bailey has also added some weight to the report. He recently claimed:

“The latest interest is emerging from Tottenham and it is not a surprise. We know that Matt Doherty and summer signing Djed Spence are not the sort of full-backs Antonio Conte is keen on. Whilst Emerson Royal is also not seen as the long-term option for them.

“Someone who can get forward at will, like Dumfries, is the ideal scenario for Spurs and they are now keeping close tabs on the situation.”

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Indeed, the Italian head coach has had quite a problem on the right flank, with his current options seemingly not up to scratch. And whilst Djed Spence could be the long-term answer, he may not be ready for a shot at the big time just yet.

Emerson Royal – once lambasted as a “complete liability” – by ex-midfielder Jamie O’Hara is just not good enough and Jose Mourinho signing Matt Doherty has never enjoyed a consistent enough run in the team.

Well, Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici would have just watched an absolute masterclass from their best solution as Dumfries spearheaded the Netherlands to a 3-1 victory over the USA, who drew to England 0-0 during the group stages.

In a ‘Man of the Match’ performance, the 26-year-old dynamo delivered two assists and even bagged the match-winning goal in the 81st minute. He was deployed in a right wing-back role in a system that is very similar to Conte’s 3-5-2, so the Dutch sensation was expected to get up and down the wing.

And he did so, in what was described as a “wing-back clinic” by Squawka, whilst journalist Zito Madu described him as a “terror” to the Stars and Stripes all game.

Emerson and Doherty’s major faults seem to lie in the final third, particularly with the former, so three direct goal contributions in one game has already usurped the one assist that the Spurs pair have managed in the first half of the 2022/23 campaign.

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Dumfries, who was previously hailed as a “difference-maker” by journalist Siavoush Fallahi, also registered more touches (70) than any other Oranje player, showing just how much of their possession and play went through him, thus highlighting his importance going forward – where he also created two key chances.

Meanwhile defensively, the £53k-per-week gem put in a squad-high three interceptions, one goal-saving clearance off the line, one tackle and one block throughout the 90 minutes he was on the pitch, as per Sofascore, which goes to show just how strong he is in his own third, too.

As such, Conte may have just witnessed exactly what he’s missing from the current Spurs squad, so Paratici must do everything to sign Dumfries in January and with an asking price in the region of £43m, he’d be a very worthwhile signing indeed.

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