Don’t Spurs have enough midfield players? A glance at the clubs website shows numerous and a fair few that can play from wide areas and yet our friends in Italy are leading us to believe they are moving for an Italian winger…an older winger…a 29 year old winger, not the most inspiring of transfer rumours, but they can’t all be gold!
Maggio began his career playing for Vicenza in Serie A as an 18 year old, he could however not manage to save the side from relegation to Serie B. He eventually moved too Fiorentina where he had another generally average time, in fact Maggio was somewhat of a late bloomer and it wasn’t until he was at his third club, Sampdoria that he began to show his potential and how good he could be. He suddenly became a highly sought after player in Italy and eventually moved too Napoli for £10million and out of nowhere Maggio became a bit of a star. With Napoli he continued his impressive form and finally turned out for the national team in November 2008, at the age of 26, he has gone on to play 7 times for his country.
Maggio spent most of the early part of his career as a right back, a particularly attacking one at that. In more recent years, he has been using predominantly as a right winger. He has at times played down the left and centrally when required. Maggio is a great crosser of the ball and is also known for his tremendous pace and acceleration.
A move to the Premiership does not surprise me, but a move to a side as large as Spurs seems somewhat strange. Considering he is most effective as a right winger and his best feature is his pace I see him competing with Aaron Lennon, only that he is older and not quite as quick.
He is a decent player, but I am not convinced he is that good. If he had been capped more, and been more prolific throughout his career then I could be more positive about this story, but a 29 year old who has only ever played in Italy, I am not so sure myself.
If he was to be part of the squad set up then it would make a bit more sense, maybe with the impending exit of Alan Hutton, Harry Redknapp is looking at other options from right back. Either way it seems a pretty strange potential deal to me, especially since it would reportedly take more than £10million to secure the player.
However unlikely it may be, reports in Italy suggest that Spurs are ‘monitoring’ the player with the possibility of a ‘significant bid’ to be put forward this Summer. Another piece of Redknapp brilliance or a bit of a cock up? Or there is always the third option that this is simply never going to happen. Watch this space for the answer!
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