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Tottenham Hotspur Facing Fierce Competition For This Napoli Forward: Is He Worth The Fight?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Ilmessaggero has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are facing fierce competition in pursuit of Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik. It is understood that Atletico Madrid, AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain could rival Spurs in the race to secure the services of the Polish striker during the January transfer window (via Ilmessaggero).

Milik’s Fall From Grace At Naples

Milik is yet to feature for the Naples outfit this season as he has been frozen out of Gennaro Gattuso’s squad. It seems like the Tychy-born talent is currently surplus to requirements at the Stadio San Paolo, so this upcoming winter transfer period could be his ideal chance to end his Napoli nightmare and join another top club in search of more game time.

The Polish international had a productive campaign in the last term when he found the back of the net 14 times in 35 appearances for the Italian club in various competitions. The 26-year-old could only manage to average 2.6 shots and 0.8 key passes per 90 minutes in the Serie A last season. He was also careful when distributing the ball as evident from his pass success rate of 82.3% in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

The fact that Milik has been out of competitive action for such a long time makes him a risk for any of his potential suitors, including Tottenham. Mourinho should only consider launching a move for the Polish attacker in January if he is confident about getting the best out of him in the coming seasons.

Tottenham Hotspur facing fierce competition in pursuit of Milik who is reacting in the picture
Arkadiusz Milik of SSC Napoli reacts during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio San Paolo on January 18, 2020, in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

What Will The Polish Frontman Bring To North London?

Milik can read the game well and can get himself into some dangerous areas in the final third. Standing at 1.86m, he can be a real handful for any defender and can use his upper-body strength effectively to win a lot of 50-50 aerial duels for his team.

The 55-time Polish international can retain possession immaculately in the attacking end of the field and is quite a composed finisher in front of the opponent’s goal. However, Spurs will be taking a risk if they decide to sign him as he might struggle to deal with the high intensity of English football.

Is Milik Worth The Fight?

Jose Mourinho has currently got Harry Kane as his first-choice striker with Carlos Vinicius playing as his back-up on the bench. However, the Brazilian forward is still finding his feet in England, so Spurs can benefit from signing someone like Milik, who will increase competition for places within Mourinho’s squad.

At 26, Milik is about to enter the peak years of his football career, so Tottenham can expect to get more out of him in the coming seasons. Hence, the Serie A forward will be well worth the battle this winter as he could help Spurs compete for multiple trophies in the second half of this campaign.

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