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Tottenham Hotspur Plotting A Move For This £52m-Rated Serie A Forward: Good Move For Pochettino?

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According to a recent report by the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to table a £52m offer to secure the services of AS Roma winger Cengiz Under. It is believed that Spurs are among a whole host of clubs looking to snap up the Turkish youngster following his rapid emergence at Rome over the past couple of seasons.

Cengiz Under: A Player On The Rise?

The Turkish talent has managed to improve his game since making a switch to the Italian top-flight, and his incredible performances at the Stadio Olimpico has seen him be dubbed as ‘the next Paulo Dybala’. Under began his career playing football back in his homeland at Bucaspor before earning a switch to Altinordu and graduating from their academy. He sealed a move to Basaksehir in the summer of 2016 where he registered nine goals and created seven assists in 43 matches across all competitions.

AS Roma didn’t waste much time snapping him up last year and the Turkish prospect rewarded them with a string of eye-catching displays under Eusebio Di Francesco’s tutelage last season. The 21-year-old helped Roma reach the semi-final stages of the UEFA Champions League last year which has seen him become a fan favourite at the Italian capital.

Under has scored three goals and set up four more in 10 appearances for the Serie A outfit in all competitions this season. At the mere age of 21, he has already represented the Turkish national team in 15 international matches while scoring four goals during that time.

What Will The Turkish Talent Bring To North London?

The 21-year-old dazzler has an outstanding turn of pace and is an efficient dribbler with the ball at his feet. He can lose his marker with ease and grace to either take shots at goal or set up his teammates in space which makes him a prized asset for Roma. However, Under still lacks the cutting edge in front of goal and needs to improve his finishing if he wants to become a world class winger in the coming years.

Will The Acquisition Of Under Be A Good Move For Mauricio Pochettino?

Spurs have a plethora of attacking options in their squad with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela all vying for a place in the Tottenham first-team.

The addition of Under would undoubtedly bolster Pochettino’s attacking options at White Hart Lane and add more competition for places within the Argentine manager’s squad. Hence, it could be a shrewd move for Spurs if they can land the services of Under in the near future as he could be the man to fire them to some silverware in the coming years.

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