Lyall Thomas has dropped an update on reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Cody Gakpo.
In a recent Twitter post, the Sky Sports journalist revealed that, following earlier reports linking Spurs with a move for the PSV Eindhoven forward, Fabio Paratici has now made contact with the Eredivisie club regarding a move for the Netherlands international. Roger Schmidt’s side are believed to be demanding a figure in the region of £26m in order to part with the winger this summer.
In his tweet, Thomas said: “Spurs have also inquired about PSV’s Cody Gakpo, I can exclusively reveal, but he is one of many Netherlands players told by Louis van Gaal he must be playing regularly to get in the World Cup 2022 squad.”
Considering just how exciting a prospect Gakpo undoubtedly is, and with Steven Bergwijn set to depart the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the coming weeks, Thomas’ claim regarding Paratici’s interest in a deal for the 23-year-old is sure to be one that the Spurs faithful will love.
Indeed, over his 27 Eredivisie appearances last season, the £27m-rated talent was in astonishing form for PSV, bagging 12 goals, providing 13 assists and creating 11 big chances for his team-mates. He also took three shots, made 2.6 key passes and completed 2.9 dribbles per match.
These metrics saw the £7.4k-per-week forward average a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.51, not only ranking him as Schmidt’s best performer in the league but also as the fourth-best player in the entire Eredivisie.
The Netherlands international also impressed over his four Europa League outings in 2021/22, scoring two goals and creating two big chances, along with taking three shots, making 2.8 key passes and completing four dribbles per game.
These returns saw the player who Josh Bunting dubbed “extremely creative” and a “beautiful talent” average a sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.47, ranking him as the fourth-best player to feature in the competition.
It was a similar case over Gakpo’s five Europa Conference League outings last term, in which the winger bagged three goals, registered one assist and created one big chance, in addition to taking 2.2 shots, making 1.6 key passes and completing 2.8 dribbles per game.
These metrics saw the 23-year-old once again earn a remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.42, ranking him as the joint 10th-best performer in the entire tournament as he played a key role in PSV’s run to the quarter-finals of the competition.
As such, considering his astonishing returns last season, it is clear to see just how talented a player the flying Dutchman really is, leading us to believe that the prospect of the forward linking up with Antonio Conte’s side next season is sure to be a hugely exciting one for everybody involved with Spurs.