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Spurs: Antoino Conte interested in Leandro Trossard

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Leandro Trossard to north London in the January transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, who claim that Spurs are one of multiple clubs keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Brighton & Hove Albion winger this month, with the 28-year-old’s current contract at the American Express Community Stadium set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

The report goes on to suggest that Antonio Conte is interested in signing a new wide forward in January following injuries to the likes of Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura, however, the Belgian attacker’s former manager, Graham Potter, is also reported to be keen to bring the former KRC Genk star to Chelsea this winter.

Kulusevski 2.0

Considering just how impressive Trossard has been for Brighton so far this season, coupled with Dean Jones recently reporting that Tottenham are looking to sign a player “who can make things happen in a similar way to Kulusevski” this winter, it is not hard to understand why Conte would be interested in a move for the 28-year-old in January.

Indeed, over his 16 Premier League fixtures this term, the £26.5m-rated talent has been in sensational attacking form, having scored seven goals – massively outperforming his xG of 4.42 – registered three assists and created one big chance, in addition to taking an average of 2.4 shots – 1.1 of which have been on target – making 1.5 key passes and completing 0.7 dribbles per game.

The £40k-per-week flanker also helps the Seagulls out in a defensive capacity, winning the ball back an average of 1.3 times per match, as well as making an average of 0.7 tackles, 0.4 interceptions and winning 2.6 duels per outing.

These returns have seen the 28-year-old – who The Athletic’s Andy Naylor claimed causes “so much damage” and journalist Sam McGuire dubbed a “game-changing talent” – average a simply breathtaking Sofascore match rating of 7.10, not only ranking him as Roberto De Zerbi’s fifth-best performer in the league but also as the joint 48th-best player in the top flight as a whole.

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Furthermore, when comparing Trossard’s metrics to those of Kulusevski over his 18 Premier League fixtures last season, there are clear similarities between the two players, with the Tottenham winger scoring five goals, providing eight assists and creating six big chances, in addition to taking an average of 1.4 shots, making 1.4 key passes and completing 1.4 dribbles per game.

As such, should Fabio Paratici manage to get a deal over the line for the 24-cap star – who is believed to be valued at a figure in the region of £30m – this month, the Italian sporting director could well have discovered his next Kulusevski – something that is sure to be an extremely exciting prospect for all involved with Spurs, not least Conte himself.