Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie as new manager Nuno Espirito Santo looks to add further reinforcements to his first-team squad.
According to The Sun, Spurs are one of three Premier League sides interested in securing the 23-year-old’s signature, with West Ham United and Aston Villa also listed as potential suitors.
It goes on to claim that Juve have placed a £25m price tag on McKennie, although they would be open to the prospect of an initial loan deal in January as long as there is an obligation to buy the player in the summer.
Nuno Santo has made a slow start to life in the Tottenham dugout, with comprehensive defeats at the hands of London rivals Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal marking the beginning of his reign.
However, help could be on the way over the winter window in the shape of McKennie, a versatile engine room operator who is capable of playing in a wide variety of positions.
“He’s an outstanding talent,” claimed former Schalke boss David Wagner a few years ago. “In the No.6 or No.8 position, he has the mentality, a real working mentality that you need. And he’s brave on the ball as well. He can be one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga.”
As a result, McKennie could solve Nuno’s current midfield conundrum, providing a solid spine to his underperforming Spurs side.
During their match with Arsenal, the central areas of the team were completely vacated in a bizarre tactical plan from the manager. This transfer, however, could make sure that system never sees the light of day again.
So far in his career, the USA international has averaged 1.8 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game which illustrates his importance in defensive situations.
Offensively, meanwhile, he has performed 1.5 dribbles, 1.3 shots and one key pass on average each match since the 2016/17 season, suggesting he has a vibrant impact in the opposition’s penalty box.
Based on that, the box-to-box dynamo would arguably be the ideal partner for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the Tottenham engine room.
Hojbjerg has played every minute of the capital club’s Premier League campaign so far this season, but has been partnered by the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks with varying degrees of success.
Having a stable and proven partner such as McKennie could elevate the Dane and consequently Spurs to new levels, meaning the club’s hierarchy must swoop for the Juve gem over the coming months.