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Tottenham Hotspur To Rival Arsenal In Pursuit Of Bundesliga Ace: Can He Solve Mourinho’s Problems?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur have expressed interest in Patrik Schick. The AS Roma forward, currently on loan at RB Leipzig, has attracted the interest of not only Spurs but also their arch-rivals Arsenal, following a bunch of impressive performances in the Bundesliga. Roma also favour a sale for Schick this summer, preferably in the Premier League, with the forward still holding a valuation of €29 million he and Leipzig agreed on, 24 weeks ago.

Patrik Schick’s success in the Bundesliga

Schick was brought in at RB Leipzig as an alternative for Yussuf Poulsen. While an ankle injury stifled his early progress in the Bundesliga, the forward made full use of his chances midway during the campaign. He was notably involved in five goals between November and December, helping Leipzig secure an excellent run of wins.

It also helped Schich establish himself as a first-choice alongside Timo Werner in the attack, for coach Julian Nagelsmann. The Czech Republic international did not disappoint either, having already netted eight goals in just 17 Bundesliga matches so far. He has also registered two assists, making him one of the most productive players for Die Roten Bullen this season.

What can he bring to the table?

Schick has impressed the onlookers with his tenacious and athletic nature that has tuned in well with Nagelsmann’s tactical setup at Leipzig. He has already established an excellent connection with fellow teammates like Werner and Marcel Sabitzer, which has been critical in the club’s success so far this campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur have expressed interest in Patrik Schick - He has enjoyed an excellent spell at Leipzig
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 15: Patrick Schick of Leipzig runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and SV Werder Bremen at Red Bull Arena on February 15, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Moreover, the 24-year-old has appeared quite lethal in front of goal as his numbers would suggest. It has given Werner much more positional freedom while taking some of the goalscoring troubles off the German international.

Can he solve Tottenham’s attacking problems?

Tottenham Hotspur have primarily struggled with a lack of depth in the goalscoring department. Schick can undoubtedly be useful in Jose Mourinho’s bid to solve that problem by offering the Portuguese mastermind an additional backup for Harry Kane.

It is also fair to point out that the English international has suffered from numerous injury problems since last year and has been linked with a move away from north London. Schick, in that regard, can not only serve as a back-up but also be considered as a potential long-term replacement for Kane, in the event of his departure this summer.

The Czech Republic international does have aggression as well as the finishing qualities necessary to thrive in the Premier League. And for a fee in the region of €29 million – €35 million, he could turn out to be a bargain for the Lilywhites as they look to usher in a new era under Mourinho next season.

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