Dean Jones has dropped a claim concerning reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Mohammed Kudus.
In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, the transfer insider revealed that, following a recent report by GhanaWeb suggesting that Fabio Paratici and his Tottenham transfer team have been monitoring the forward-thinking Ajax midfielder over the past six months, the Italian sporting director is targeting a player in the 22-year-old’s mould this summer.
Jones went on to claim that, while reports have also linked Antonio Conte’s side with a £60m move for Leicester City talent James Maddison in recent weeks, the Ghana international would more than likely be available for a much more palatable price than the England international.
Regarding Spurs’ reported interest in Kudus, the journalist said: “I do believe that it’s potentially a position that they are looking to add even more depth to. And the signs are, I think, that he actually might be available at a much better fee than you would get someone like James Maddison at, so we’ll have to watch this space.”
While it is undeniable that Maddison would make a fantastic addition to Conte’s first-team squad this summer, considering just how much the 25-year-old would set Spurs back, coupled with how talented a prospect Kudus quite clearly is, there is an argument to be made that the Ajax starlet could well be a perfect alternative to the £45m-rated Foxes star.
Indeed, following his €9m (£7.5m) move to the Johan Cruijff ArenA back in the summer of 2020, the £9m-rated midfielder burst onto the scene over his 17 Eredivisie appearances in the 2020/21 campaign, scoring four goals and registering three assists, as well as taking an average of 1.2 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 1.7 dribbles per game.
For context, although Kudus falls behind Maddison for shots and key passes, he is actually far more comfortable at beating his man, with the Leicester star managing just 0.9 dribbles per match last season. With that in mind, he could be a more dynamic alternative should Paratici submit a formal offer this summer.
The 22-year-old also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, completing an average of 29.7 passes – at a success rate of 91% – making 1.4 tackles, 0.4 interceptions and winning 4.3 duels per fixture.
As such, with it being evident that Kudus is something of an all-action midfielder, who is clinical in the final third, accurate with his passes and adept at breaking up play in the middle of the park, it is clear to see that the 22-year-old is an ideal fit for the mould of a central midfielder Conte likes to possess in his squad.
Furthermore, with the £14k-per-week Ghanaian who Erik ten Hag claimed has “incredible potential” and Owuraku Ampofo dubbed a “special” player being able to operate from defensive, central and attacking midfield, as well as on the right wing and up front, the former FC Nordsjaelland starlet’s versatility is yet another attribute that would appear to make him something of a dream match to Conte’s tactical setup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
As such, while it is undeniable that the also versatile Maddison – who scored 18 goals and registered 12 assists over 53 appearances in all competitions for Leicester last season – would be a great signing for Paratici to get over the line this summer, should Kudus indeed be available for a “much better fee” than the Englishman’s £60m asking price, the 22-year-old could well prove to be a perfect alternative to the Foxes forward.