Tottenham Hotspur could still make a move for Adama Traore, who they remain interested in…
“Tottenham still one of the teams looking at Adama Traore,” he said.
“Adama Traore still sat on the shelf there.
“I think a Chelsea or Tottenham if they still need a right-back, I think one of the two might take a little chance on Adama”
The Spain international is thought to be available for as little as £10m this transfer window.
Spurs have started the season unbeaten with two wins and one draw but after firing four goals against Southampton on the opening day, they are yet to match such goalscoring feats in either of their last two outings.
For Antonio Conte, it’s important that his wing-backs provide the creativity in the side, particularly as there’s a lack of a no.10 in the current system.
He’ll, therefore, be concerned to learn that his right-sided option, Emerson Royal, has completed just one successful cross from 11 attempts thus far. Meanwhile, on the other flank, Ivan Perisic has already provided two assists from just 111 minutes of action.
Last season, the Brazilian was even dubbed “horrendous” by ex-Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate.
In Traore, Conte could be getting a far greater attacking threat, given his physical presence and dribbling ability – as per FBref, Traore ranks inside the top 1% of his positional peers across Europe for dribbles completed (5.01 per 90), as well as the top 4% for progressive carries (10.37) per 90, via FBref.
Once dubbed a “monster” by Southampton striker Che Adams and an “animal” by his former manager at Barcelona, Xavi, it’s clear that the Wolves powerhouse has unique attributes that someone like Emerson is lacking.
Traore is also averaging more shot-creating actions (3.72 per 90) than the current Spurs first-choice (1.86 per 90), so that only further highlights how he’d be an instant upgrade in the role, should he be willing to start at wing-back rather than in the attack.
The Lilywhites could seal their manager a far better option in a bargain £10m swoop for the Spaniard and with less than ten days left in the window, he must act fast to secure a player that Fabio “Paratici is a huge fan” of.