It is painfully obvious that Spurs desperately need a new right-back this summer. Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier have been awful at times, but fans can forget about those two if Daniel Levy signs Nice’s Youssef Atal.
The Algerian has played 25 times in Ligue 1 this season and it’s seen his valuation soar from £2.5m in September to £8.1m now, according to Transfermarkt. The Telegraph believe Spurs have been impressed by the 22-year-old and are interested in bringing him to North London next season.
Trippier was a shining star at the 2018 World Cup, but he seems to have suffered a hangover since then. Both him and Aurier aren’t up to scratch if Spurs want to challenge for the title, so they should make Atal their long-term fix for the position.
He’s six years younger than Trippier and his signing would send the message to the fans that this team will continue to evolve under Mauricio Pochettino and not fade out as their existing players run out of steam. It’s important they sign him now.
Atal’s scored an impressive total of six goals this season so he’s clearly got the attacking prowess to achieve what’s demanded of a world-class full-back. He’ll be able to bomb down the right and link with the like on Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen with ease.
He’d be ideal to step up the speed of transition from defence to attack and would also give Spurs the youthful energy they’ve lacked under Trippier this season.
He’d be a bargain and could become one of Levy’s greatest recent signings.
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