Sky Sports pundit Adam Smith has heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur summer signing Destiny Udogie after an incredible start to the season on loan at Udinese.
The Lowdown: Udogie joins Spurs
Last month, it was announced that Spurs had captured the £15m signing of the 19-year-old from the Serie A club.
Despite completing a permanent move to north London, the Italy under-21 international returned to his former club on loan for the remainder of the season and will join up with the squad at Hotspur Way in the summer of 2023.
Since returning to the Italian top flight, the left-back has played in all four of Udinese’s opening league fixtures, impressively netting two goals, his latest coming in their sensation 4-0 thrashing of Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma on Sunday.
The Latest: Smith’s praise for Udogie
Smith, who works as a pundit and co-commentator for Sky Sports, has been amazed with Udogie’s form since he signed for Tottenham this summer, clearly excited at the prospect’s massive potential.
Taking to Twitter, he hailed the 19-year-old’s praises, giving his verdict on the defender’s upcoming move to the Premier League as he exclaimed: “Destiny Udogie’s last 10 Serie A games for Udinese from WING BACK: 5 Goals, 3 Assists. He’s 19 years old! Serious talent who is tailor made for Conte’s system #Udogie #Spurs”
The Verdict: Huge talent
When looking at Udogie’s underlying statistics, it is obvious as to why Antonio Conte wanted to sign him as soon as possible – so that he could beat inevitable suitors to his signature.
As per FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe over the past year, the Italian ranks in the 99th percentile for non-penalty goals and non-penalty expected goals, and in the 88th percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area and pressures made.
Going off these figures alone, Udogie’s attacking skillset matches up perfectly with Conte’s desired profile for a full-back, which entails bombing down the wing and starting the attack from the defensive third, with cover being provided from the three central defenders.
With the teenager in flying form back at Udinese, the Spurs boss will be hoping that Udogie can bring this sort of form to Tottenham when he arrives in N17 next year.
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