Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has only ‘heard good things about’ Tottenham Hotspur target Destiny Udogie.
The lowdown: Deal close
Recently, BBC journalist Alex Howell confirmed that Spurs were nearing the capture of Udogie as Fabio Paratici attempts to further bolster Antonio Conte’s squad.
Then, the 19-year-old Italy youth international was left out of the Udinese squad for their Serie A opener against AC Milan, another sign that the transfer was progressing in the right direction for the north Londoners.
Now, one well-informed onlooker has had his say on the deal, lauding Tottenham for their ability to beat major competitors from domestic rivals to the talented youngster…
The latest: ‘Over the line’
He said: “In terms of Udogie, I’ve only heard good things about him. He’s very exciting, he wants to join an English club so it’s great that Spurs have got this over the line because I’m sure that Brighton would have offered him a deal to come in straight away, Manchester City want to upgrade their left-backs, Juventus wanted him, so Spurs have got him ahead of all of these clubs, so well done to them.”
The verdict: Happy days
Clearly a highly sought-after talent with an abundance of potential, signing Udogie ahead of the likes of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City has to be regarded as a feather in the cap of Paratici and indeed show proof of where Spurs are as a club right now.
Last season, the teenager – who was described as an ‘incredible talent’ with the ‘perfect physical attributes for the Premier League’ by journalist Josh Bunting – scored five times and provided three assists in 35 Serie A outings from an attacking left-back role.
Sharing similar stylistic traits to renowned full-backs such as Renan Lodi, Alex Moreno and Tottenham’s own Sergio Reguilon (FBref), Udogie has all the characteristics of a ready-made operator in Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 formation, albeit the Italian may have to wait behind Ryan Sessegnon and Ivan Perisic for first-team opportunities.
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