The January transfer window has been open for two weeks, yet there is no sign of work at Spurs.
Talk of departures from north London dominated the window, with Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli’s futures uncertain, and Stephen Bergwijn the subject of Ajax’s interest.
Antonio Conte has expressed the need to bring in reinforcements, but Tottenham are yet to move in the market, with reports linking them to Wolves winger Adama Traore so far in nothing concrete.
With the noise of engagements evident in the Tottenham dugout and the stands, Sky Sports Jack Wilkinson examines how Ndombele’s struggles, Allie’s decline and Traore’s talent can make Tottenham’s revolving transfer door move…
Kifah Ndombele behind Dembele
Tanguy Ndombele was brought to Tottenham for £63m from Lyon in July 2019. His arrival came eight months after Moussa Dembele made his final cross for the club, in the first seven minutes of a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton. Injury brought his career with Tottenham to an early end.
Ndombele was designated as the long-term successor to Dembele. He arrived in England with a pedigree of playing 66 Ligue 1 matches when he was 22 years old. But Dembele’s boots have proven too big to fill and Spurs may have to cut their losses in the near future.
In Ndombele’s defense, in his two-and-a-half years in north London, he has outdone Dembele on a number of attack metrics – goals, dribbles, passes inside the penalty area – but what was impressive about Dembele was how well balanced he was. Defensive and offensive duties.
Dembele’s dribbling success rate was 77.9 percent and close magnetic control was folklore White Hart Lane, and his overall game outperformed anything Ndombele has been able to produce since. The Belgian played more passes, made more tackles, recovered the ball in third place, and won more duels in 90 minutes than Ndombele.
What Dembele lacked in attacking performance compared to Ndombele was more than made up for by his reliability at the Spurs midfield base. The fact that Spurs, to this day, rely so heavily on defensive midfielders – Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Oliver Skipp or Harry Winks – shows that Dembele has yet to be replaced, and that Ndombele has failed to establish similar levels of confidence.
Dele Alli’s sharp decline
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Dele Alli has been one of the most exciting prospects in English football, but since the Argentine left Tottenham in November 2019, the 25-year-old’s decline has been significant.
It’s well documented that Alli has featured fewer times with Spurs under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and now Antonio Conte, thus seeing a drop in his minutes playing stats, but what is stark is his reduced production across key attack metrics.
In four and a half seasons under Pochettino, Alli has averaged 0.4 goals per game in the Premier League, but that has been halved since Pochettino’s departure, as are the chances created every 90 minutes, while shots per 90 minutes are a quarter less. in the same period.
Alli’s passes and fencing success rate have remained stable, but what is remarkable is how far he has fallen through the Premier League ranks by all these metrics. Alli is less powerful in front of goal, less creative, and has been surpassed by legions of his Premier League peers.
With the stats illustrating Alli’s stark withdrawal, it is understandable why Spurs might be relishing the idea of offloading their attacking midfielder, but given his declining production, would he still make a tempting proposition to those who plan to address him?
Is Traore a promotion for Tottenham?
Before deciding whether Adama Traore will improve for Spurs, it is important to determine what role he will play if he is to trade off Wolverhampton for north London. After all, he’s not going to displace Harry Kane or Heung Min Son, the prolific and reliable attacking duo of Spurs.
With Steven Bergwijn the subject of Ajax’s interest, Traore could be brought in as an alternative to the Dutchman, and could provide direct competition to Lucas Moura, while there was talk of him being brought to Tottenham. Rear wing capacity.
If Traore moved to Tottenham, he would undoubtedly upgrade the club’s entertainment factor. Traore’s dribbles are complete, his dribbling success rate is out of range compared to Bergwijn and Moura, and he makes nearly five times as many passes from open play per 90 minutes.
But reservations arise about Traore’s suitability in perhaps the most important area – the end product. In 18 Premier League games with Wolverhampton this season, the Spaniard has not scored or assisted, and throughout his football career in England, he scored a goal or assist at half the rate of Mora and Bergwijn.
Could it be the case that Traore’s creativity was not fully utilized at Wolves? Could Conte really harness it into a linear force that includes Kane and Son? These are the questions Spurs will have to bear in mind, and the ones that have sparked the appetite of Spurs fans after a barren January so far.
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