The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are eager for Mauricio Pochettino’s January window to end with a bang. The Lilywhites have been quiet so far this month, and given the high expectations of the North London contingent, a major signing or two is the least that fans are expecting.
Fortunately, then, it appears as though moves are being made to begin that process – with just under a week to go until the window slams shut.
According to Calcio Napoli 24, Tottenham are ready to offer as much as €38 million (£33 million) for Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara, with Mauricio Pochettino said to be a long-term fan of the Guinean.
Undoubtedly one of the most talented youngsters in Serie A, Diawara has had a fairly prominent role for Napoli this term – having started four league games and came on from the bench a further eight times. At just 20-years-old, Napoli appear to be introducing him slowly – a tactic that Mauricio Pochettino is well versed in, having done the same with Harry Winks.
Though inexperienced, from a technical standpoint, Diawara is very much a master in the midfield. A fantastic passer with brilliant technical ability, the most obvious parallel to be drawn is with Mousa Dembele, whose Tottenham career appears to be winding down. No longer a guaranteed weekly starter, Dembele’s long-term prospects as Spurs are uncertain – and Diawara would be a top replacement.
This is exciting our resident Lilywhites.
Amadou Diawara is certainly good enough to be featuring every week for Napoli, but Maurizio Sarri is clearly biding his time with the midfielder.
Under Mauricio Pochettino, he’d no doubt get even better, and with the Argentine always planning for the future, Diawara would certainly fit his philosophy.
Diawara has been described as ‘on the fast-track to superstardom’ by the website Italian Football Daily, so it’s fair to say that he has quite the reputation on the continent. Pochettino is evidently well aware of his quality, too.
Tottenham fans – thoughts?
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