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Tottenham Hotspur Enter Race To Land Ex Liverpool Midfielder: The Right Choice For Mourinho?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

According to a recent report by the Bild (translated by talkSPORT), Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to acquire the services of Juventus outcast Emre Can in the final week of this winter transfer window. The same source has also revealed that Spurs will face fierce competition from Manchester United, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in pursuit of the ex-Liverpool talent.

Can’s Fall From Grace At Juventus This Season

The 26-year-old has endured a frustrating season at Turin as he has been starved of first-team chances under the stewardship of Maurizio Sarri. The German midfield ace has struggled to get enough playing time which has hampered his development at the Allianz Stadium.

Can has featured in eight matches for Juve this term, playing a total of 279 minutes in the process. He has averaged 1.3 tackles, 0.3 interceptions, 0.3 clearances, 0.9 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in the Serie A thus far (stats via whoscored).

The Frankfurt-born midfielder has also earned 25 senior caps for the German national team and has scored one goal for his nation in the process.

Emre Can of Juventus during the Serie A match between Juventus and Cagliari Calcio at Allianz Stadium on January 6, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

What Does The German International Bring To The Table?

Can is quite workman-like in the way he approaches the game and prefers to operate in a box to box role at the centre of the park. He excels at making driving runs with the ball in the opposition half and can be a commanding presence in the air. However, the German midfielder has struggled to find consistency with his performances on the pitch.

Is Can The Right Choice For Spurs?

Spurs can benefit from bringing a player of Can’s skillset to North London this month as they need more bodies in midfield if they want to compete across multiple competitions in the coming months. Jose Mourinho needs to add some bite and steel to his midfield due to the worrying form of Eric Dier and Harry Winks. 

Therefore, Can fits the bill perfectly as he will be able to solidify Tottenham’s midfield department. The 26-year-old will be a decent choice for Spurs as he will be able to plug the hole left by Christian Eriksen’s departure before the end of this month or next summer.

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