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Spurs: Foden-like Tete is perfect foil for Kulusevski

Tottenham Hotspur could make a move for Mateus Tete towards the end of the January transfer window…

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That’s according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who delivered a fresh update on Spurs’ hunt for attacking reinforcements to GIVEMESPORT.

“Tete could be an option towards the back end of the window, he might offer some value,” he said.

The Lyon wide man – who is on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk – could be a realistic target, with the likes of Harvey Barnes and Ismaila Sarr more unlikely options, as per Jones.

90min, meanwhile, recently claimed that the 22-year-old had been offered to several Premier League teams, including the Lilywhites, West Ham United, Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Perfect foil for Kulusevski

It’s no secret that manager Antonio Conte needs an alternative to Dejan Kulusevski, who has proven to be one of the more influential members of the squad since his arrival last year.

After arriving on deadline day in January 2021, the Swede has gone onto provide six goals and 13 assists in 33 appearances. Meanwhile, his last four outings for Spurs in the Premier League all drew Sofascore ratings of 7.0 or better.

Despite his prolonged absence over the last month or so, Kulusevski remains the most-creative and consistent player in the squad, topping the WhoScored charts for assists (five) and key passes (1.9) per game, whilst he sits fifth for average rating.

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Tete could provide the perfect foil, given the quality he has shown for both Lyon and Shakhtar.

He’s already delivered nine goal contributions from 15 outings this campaign, leading to talent scout Jacek Kulig to suggest that he’s “on fire,” whilst FBref rank him inside the top 11% of all wingers in Europe’s top-five divisions for assists per 90 and the top 15% for successful dribbles per 90, too.

The same site also likens his statistical profile to that of multi-title-winner and Manchester City star Phil Foden, which surely bodes well for his ability to cut it in the Premier League.

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Once dubbed as a “real hurricane” in the past due to his pace and skill on the ball, Tete could provide Conte with the perfect foil to Kulusevski, who has very little cover behind him.

He was previously touted at around £21m by some outlets, so sporting director Fabio Paratici wouldn’t be taking too much of a big chunk out of the transfer budget if he were to be available at a similar price.

As such, the Italian supremo could land Spurs their very own Foden and a player that could be an ideal alternative to Kulusevski.

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