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Federico Chiesa could transform Antonio Conte’s new Spurs side

Fabio Paratici could transform Tottenham Hotspur under new manager Antonio Conte by signing one of his mooted transfer targets…

What’s the word?

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato.it, the recently-appointed 52-year-old has already a long list of targets ahead of the January transfer window as he looks to improve Spurs’ fortunes on the pitch.

Among the names listed by the report is Juventus attacker Federico Chiesa, who is valued in the region of €80m (£68m) to €90m (£76.5m) and could be eyed as a secondary striker or a winger in his three-at-the-back formation.

The Serie A giants only signed the 34-cap Italian winger in October 2020 on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy worth €40m (£36m) plus €10m (£8.5m) in add-ons. The initial loan is thought to cost around €10m (£8.5m), as per Juventus.com.

Should Spurs splash out on Federico Chiesa?

YES!

YES!

NO!

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A major coup

If Paratici could deliver a player of this calibre, then Conte stands a very good chance at achieving success in north London. In fact, this sort of signing could genuinely transform the club on the pitch, tenfold.

The former Chelsea boss is walking into a complete mess at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and one of their biggest problems has been in attack, where they have looked uninspiring, unimaginative and quite frankly, appalling.

As per WhoScored, Spurs rank joint-last for average number of shots per game (10.3) alongside rock-bottom and winless Norwich City and second-last for key chances created per game (7.1).

Similarly, the Lilywhites have the fourth-worst expected goals ratio in the English top-flight (10.63 xG), with three relegation contenders ranking below them, via Understat.

Harry Kane has scored just once in eight league starts, so he is clearly struggling and a player like Chiesa could hold the keys to not only help him out in the final third but also carry the burden and pressure of finding the net.

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Last season, the 24-year-old dynamo contributed a whopping 15 goals and 11 assists across 46 appearances, meaning he averaged a direct contribution once every 121.8 minutes, via Transfermarkt.

Furthermore, he has averaged at least 1.8 key passes every 90 minutes since his arrival at the Allianz Stadium, as per WhoScored, only bolstering his creative claims.

He continued that electric form into Euro 2020, where he played a starring role in Italy’s triumph, defeating England in the final.

Speaking about his performances on the biggest stage, BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand waxed lyrical, he said: “He’s a huge player and he’s been linked with a few clubs in England. I’m sure they’re thinking ‘why didn’t we get him?’. He’s just a fantastic footballer.

“The intensity with which he plays with, we saw in the Euros he was the main goal threat for the Italians who went on to win the tournament. It’s his pace, his drive. He’s the one who is the threat, he’s potent, he wants to run in behind.”

The £63m-rated Juventus beast has also been dubbed a “special talent” by BBC Sport contributor Premier League Panel, as well as a “big game player” and an “absolute gem” by BT Sport commentator Adam Summerton.

Paratici must look to seal a move for him at all costs heading into 2022. If Conte is to elevate Spurs back to where they used to be, then he needs players like Chiesa at his disposal.

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