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Tottenham Hotspur Weighing Up A Bid Between €25-27m For Wolves Ace: Smart Option For Nuno?

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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 Pedro Almeida, Tottenham are eyeing a swoop for Daniel Podence. It appears their newly appointed manager Nuno Espirito Santo is keen on reuniting with the Wolves attacker after leaving the Molineux this summer. Spurs are apparently preparing a bid worth around €25 million to €27 million for the services of Podence.

What Is Daniel Podence All About?

Daniel Podence is a Sporting CP youth academy product who moved to England in January 2020 for a fee of €19.6 million. He was brought in at Wolves to offer the attacking support for Raul Jimenez.

The Portuguese international has had mixed success since. His tally of just four goals in 38 matches is hugely underwhelming for an attacker. But, at the same time, the former Olympiacos man has offered excellent technical support for Wolves in the final third.

A right-winger by trade, Podence is primarily known for his dynamism in attack. He loves to drift into central areas but can remain out wide if necessary. He is quite flexible and can feature on both flanks, in addition to the false nine role.

The 25-year-old is certainly not the most productive attacker if you go by just statistics. But he makes up for it with his tactical awareness, dynamism and ability to drift into useful areas in the final third.

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Daniel Podence of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match at Molineux, Wolverhampton. Picture date: 27th December 2020. Picture credit should read: Andrew Yates/Sportimage PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK SPI-0824-0114

Should Tottenham Make A Move For Podence?

Tottenham Hotspur‘s interest in Daniel Podence is hardly surprising after the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo. The former Wolves manager was the one who brought the Portuguese to the Molineux and played a key role in developing his skills and tactical knowledge in the final third.

A potential reunion in north London would thus make sense. But from a sporting perspective, Podence’s lack of productivity does raise questions about his usefulness at Spurs.

The Lilywhites already boast the services of dynamic, hard-working wingers in Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn. The addition of Podence could be impractical, in that regard, unless the club manage to offload any of the aforementioned attackers.

Even then, the Portuguese international might not significantly improve the quality of the current Tottenham frontline. Hence, it would perhaps be a wiser option for Londoners to shift their attention to other alternatives in the market.

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