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Tottenham Hotspur Keeping A Keen Eye On This Promising Winger: Good Option For Mourinho?

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In a recent report, Voetbal Primeur has stated that Tottenham Hotspur are keeping a keen eye on Antalyaspor winger Paul Mukairu who is currently playing on loan at RSC Anderlecht. However, it has been reported that Spurs could face stiff competition from AS Roma and AFC Ajax in pursuit of the Nigerian youngster (via Voetbal Primeur).

Makairu’s Impressive Loan Spell At The Lotto Park

The Abuja-born talent has put in some impressive displays during his loan spell in Belgium after successfully establishing himself as a regular first-team member of Vincent Kompany’s squad. Mukairu has featured in 23 matches for the Belgian outfit this term, netting four goals and providing four assists in multiple competitions.

The 21-year-old has performed well to average 1.8 tackles, 1.3 shots, 0.9 key passes and 3.0 dribbles per game in the Jupiler Pro League. He has even been accurate when distributing possession in the opposition half as he has completed 82.2% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Mukairu has shown some signs of maturity with his performances in Belgian football this season, so it is no surprise that Spurs are monitoring his progress ahead of a potential move in the future. At 21, he will only get better with each season, which makes him a decent signing for the North London outfit for the long-run.

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What Are The Nigerian Youngster’s Best Attributes?

Mukairu is blessed with a low centre of gravity and possesses excellent pace that allow him to complete some dangerous dribbles in the attacking third. He has got the eye to create some decent openings for others around him and can even contribute by scoring the odd goal from time to time.

The Nigerian sensation can also work hard to win the ball back for his team. Plus, Mukairu is versatile enough to feature anywhere across the frontline as he is primarily a left-sided winger but can fill in on the right flank or as a centre-forward up top. However, he needs to improve his productivity in front of the opponent’s goal if he intends to become a world-class player in his position someday.

Is Mukairu A Good Option For Spurs?

Mukairu has the makings of a great wide player, so it makes sense for Mourinho to consider a move for him in the future, especially if he can continue to take strides towards improving himself in the remainder of this campaign. The Anderlecht whizkid will be a decent, long-term option for the North London giants as he has the potential to become a class act under the guidance of a world-class manager like Mourinho in the coming years.

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