The January transfer window has been open for two weeks, and yet there is no indication in Tottenham that anything is happening.
The window was dominated by talks of leaving London, the future of Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli uncertain, and Steven Bergwijn is of Ajax interest.
Antonio Conte expressed the need to bring reinforcements, but the Spurs are still moving on the market and the news that connects them with Wolves winger Adam Traore has not yet materialized into anything specific.
With a call for signatures, which can be seen in Tottenham’s basement and terraces, Sky Sports’ Jack Wilkinson examines how Ndombele’s problems, Alli’s decline and Traore’s talent could have opened the revolving transfer door in Spurs …
Ndombele’s fight for Dembele
Tanguy Ndombele was brought to Tottenham for the club’s record £ 63 million from Lyon in July 2019. His arrival came eight months after Mousa Dembele introduced himself in a final, flying performance for the club, seven minutes after a 3-2 victory at the Wolves. the injury brought his Spurs career to an early end.
Ndombele was designated Dembele’s long-term successor. He arrived in England with a pedigree that played 66 Ligue 1 games at the age of 22. However, it turned out that Dembele’s shoes were too big to fill, and the Spurs may be forced to reduce their losses in the near future.
In defending Ndombele in two and a half years in North London, he beat Dembele in a number of offensive metrics – goals, dribble attempts and passes to the 16th – but on Dembele he was as impressive as he balanced. defensive and offensive duties.
Dembele’s dribbling success rate of 77.9 percent and magnetic proximity was a matter of folklore on White Hart Lane, and his versatile play overshadowed everything Ndombele has been able to produce ever since. The Belgian played more passes, made more interventions, regained possession of the ball in the middle period and won more duels in 90 minutes than Ndombele.
What Dembele lacked in offensive performance compared to Ndombel was more than offset by his reliability at the center of Tottenham’s field. The fact that the Spurs still rely so heavily on two defensive midfield players – Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg, Oliver Skippi or Harry Winks – proves that Dembele has yet to be replaced and that Ndombele has failed to build a similar level of confidence.
Dele Alli’s drastic decline
Under Mauritius Pochettin, Dele Alli was one of the most exciting prospects for English football, but since the Argentine left Spurs in November 2019, the decline of the 25-year-old has been dramatic.
It is well documented that Alli played for the Spurs less times under the leadership of José Mourinho, Nuna Espirita Santo and now Antonio Conte, and therefore saw a reduction in his minutes statistics, but what is significant is the reduction in his performance across key offensive metrics. .
In four and a half seasons below Pochettino, Alli averaged 0.4 goals per game in the Premier League, but since Pochettino left, it has halved, as have the chances created in 90 minutes, while the shots in 90 minutes are a quarter lower. the same period.
Alli’s assistance and the success of the duels remained stable, but what is striking is how deeply he dropped in the Premier League rankings in all these metrics. Alli is less potent in front of the goal, less creative and is overtaken by crowds of his Premier League peers.
With statistics illustrating Alli’s drastic failure, it’s understandable why Tottenham may enjoy the idea of disqualifying an attacking midfielder, but given his declining performance, he still offers potential suitors an enticing offer?
Is Traore an upgrade for Tottenham?
Before deciding whether Adam Traore would improve Tottenham, it is important to find out what role he would play if he exchanged Wolverhampton for North London. After all, Harry Kane or Heung-Min Son, the prolific and trustworthy attacking duo Spurs, will not banish.
Given that Steven Bergwijn is of interest to Ajax, Traore could be brought as a similar substitute for the Dutch, could provide direct competition to Lucas Mour, and there was even talk that he could be brought to Spurs in the rear wing capacity. .
If Traore moved to Spurs, he would undoubtedly improve the entertainment factor at the club. Traore has completed dribbling and the success rate of dribbling is off the scale compared to Bergwijn and Moura, and he makes almost five times the number of crosses from an open game in 90 minutes.
But there are reservations about Traore’s suitability in perhaps the most crucial area – the final product. In 18 Premier League games for the Wolves this season, the Spaniard has not yet scored or assisted, and during his peak career in England he has scored or assisted at half the pace of Moura and Bergwign.
Is it possible that Traore’s creativity is not fully utilized at Wolves? Could Conte really use it in the strike force that contains Kane and Son? These are questions that Tottenham must consider, and those that will encourage the taste of Spurs fans after the still barren January.
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