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Tottenham Hotspur Keeping Tabs On This Eredivisie Midfielder: Right Choice For Spurs?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch’s situation ahead of a potential move at the end of this campaign. It is believed that Spurs are hoping to strengthen their midfield next summer by adding the Dutch youngster to their squad.

Gravenberch’s Excellent Rise In Dutch Football

The 19-year-old managed to catch the eye with his performances for Ajax last season when he established himself as an influential presence of their midfield. Gravenberch featured in 47 matches for the Dutch giants in the previous campaign, netting five goals and grabbing six assists across all fronts.

The talented teenager managed to make an impact at both ends of the pitch as he averaged 1.3 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 1.5 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the 2020-21 Dutch Eredivisie season. He even distributed the ball with a lot of conviction after making 87.2% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

The early signs have been quite encouraging from Gravenberch but there are some concerns over whether he would be able to maintain his good form in the Premier League where the Dutch prospect might struggle to cope with the high intensity of English football.

Tottenham Hotspur keeping tabs on Gravenberch who is seen in the picture
AMSTERDAM – lr Ferhan Hasani of North Macedonia, Ryan Gravenberch of Holland during the UEFA EURO, EM, Europameisterschaft,Fussball 2020 Group C match between the Netherlands and North Macedonia at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on June 21, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ANP PIETER STAM DE YOUNG EURO 2020 group C 2020/2021 xVIxANPxSportx/xxANPxIVx *** AMSTERDAM lr Ferhan Hasani of North Macedonia, Ryan Gravenberch of Holland during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group C match between the Netherlands and North Macedonia at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on June 21, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands ANP PIETER STAM DE YOUNG EURO 2020 group C 2020 2021 xVIxANPxSportx xxANPxIVx 432860243

Is Gravenberch The Right Choice For Tottenham?

Standing at 1.90m, Gravenberch is a strong presence in midfield who loves a tackle and has got the hunger to win the ball back for his side. The Dutch whizkid is not afraid to have a shot from long range and can chip in by finding the back of the net every now and then. He has even got the vision to unlock the opposition defence with a killer pass in the final third.

Plus, Gravenberch can make some clever runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty box but is still quite inexperienced at the highest level. At 19, he has already begun to show just how influential he can be in both halves. Therefore, it makes sense for an ambitious club like Tottenham to target him next summer as he will bolster their midfield options considerably for the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.

Gravenberch is good enough to compete with the likes of Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg in the race to earn a regular midfield spot in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first team in the years to come. Thus, the Dutch starlet will be a decent choice for the North London giants in the long run as he has the ceiling to become a future star in European football.

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