Tottenham Hotspur are set to battle for the signature of Lecce breakout star Joan Gonzalez, according to a new report from Italy.
The Lowdown: Tottenham target midfielder
Antonio Conte has his sights on a couple of new additions in January, with journalist Alasdair Gold recently telling his YouTube channel:
“There’s lots of little tweaks they can make; an attacking midfielder, a central defender. I think all of those things are going to have to be looked at, and any other kind of opportunities that arise as well.”
The Latest: Gonzalez in Conte’s sights
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Lecce value their box-to-box midfielder at around £13m after his sensational start to the season, and Spurs could face competition from the likes of Everton and London rivals West Ham for his signature.
It is detailed that the 20-year-old has been a “revelation” in the Serie A this season, and so interest from abroad is also present, in the form of German giants Borussia Dortmund, with his current club willing to complete a deal.
The Verdict: Amrabat alternative?
Given that the starlet is still relatively unproven, competing in the Serie A for the first time this season, a move would be a gamble, but it is one that could pay off for Conte, based on his recent performances.
The 6 foot 2 central-midfielder has weighed in with a goal and two assists in 15 league outings, but in truth, he seems more suited to a defensive role, which could make him a cheaper alternative to Amrabat, who would set Tottenham back around £34m.
Over the past year, Gonzalez has used his height to his advantage by averaging 1.62 aerials won per 90, placing him in the 84th percentile compared to his positional peers, while also making 1.62 clearances per match in the same period. To put those figures into perspective, they are both far higher than those registered by Amrabat (0.41 and 0.58).
While it would be a risk signing the former Barcelona youth player, he is showing very promising signs with Lecce, so he could be an astute piece of business for Conte, and on the cheaper side compared to other players linked to this role.