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Tottenham Hotspur: Hysaj would be an astute replacement for Trippier

Tottenham Hotspur: Hysaj would be an astute replacement for Trippier

According to Gazetta dello Sport via Inside Futbol, Tottenham are interested in signing Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj as a replacement for Kieran Trippier.

The 25-year-old would become Spurs’ third signing of the summer following the purchases of Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke.

But the Albanian has also attracted interest from Serie A title winners Juventus, so the north London club will face stiff competition if they want to secure him.

Spurs are searching for a new right-back after Trippier, who made 38 appearances last season, moved to Atletico Madrid for £20million.

The sale came off the back of a season where the 28-year-old Englishman was faced with some criticism for his performances, which might be one factor behind his desire for a fresh start in a different country.

Trippier underperformed both defensively and going forward last season as he made four fewer assists than the 2017/18 campaign and was responsible for some major errors such as the ones which were hammered by Rio Ferdinand after a game against Manchester City.

So, providing Spurs do not pay big money for Hysaj, he will not have much pressure in the way of having big boots to fill.

Last season with Napoli, the defender’s passing accuracy was far superior to that of Trippier’s at Spurs – 85.4% compared with 77.9 – and he also averaged 0.2 more shots per game. Described by ESPN back in 2018 as a player who ‘has an excellent first touch to create space for himself, moving the ball quickly with smart passes inside to support the midfield’, he does look like someone who can link up well with the engine room, an area of the squad that now includes Tanguy Ndombele of course.

What’s more, the former Empoli man also played eight times at left-back and even picked up his only two assists of the season from that position.

The idea of purchasing a player who is versatile enough to play on the left or right of defensive could well be something Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will look at as a major plus point given Danny Rose is being linked with a move away from London as well.

Indeed, the former Empoli man has made almost 100 career appearances on the left-hand side (per Transfermarkt), so there are obvious benefits to signing him. The Telegraph reported in May that Pochettino values versatility and Hysaj seems to be an astute option on that front.

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