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Tottenham Hotspur Launch Convincing Offer For Juventus Midfielder: Right Choice For Conte?

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In a recent report, Gianluca Dimarzio stated that Tottenham Hotspur have launched a convincing offer for Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur. It is understood that Spurs have moved ahead of Aston Villa in the race to land the Uruguayan midfield ace during this winter transfer window.

Bentancur’s Up And Down Season At The Allianz Stadium

Bentancur is experiencing a campaign of mixed emotions as he has struggled to find consistency with his performances so far. The 24-year-old has picked up three assists in 26 matches for the Italian outfit this season across various competitions.

The South American sensation has anchored the midfield well but has struggled to be productive in the final third based on his average of 1.7 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 0.4 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game in Serie A. However, he has been accurate with his ball distribution after making 87.5% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Uruguay’s Rodrigo Bentancur (L) and Bolivia’s Leonel Justiniano (C) vie for the ball during their South American qualification football match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at the Hernando Siles Olympic Stadium in La Paz on November 16, 2021. (Photo by AIZAR RALDES / AFP) (Photo by AIZAR RALDES/AFP via Getty Images)
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Is Bentancur The Right Choice For Tottenham Hotspur?

Bentancur is a decent dribbler with the ball and can anchor the midfield with conviction. He is usually quick to spot the danger and doesn’t mind clearing his lines when required. The Uruguay international is a good tackler of the ball and can make some important interceptions at the centre of the park. However, he has often lacked the cutting edge in the final third which explains why he has struggled to be productive going forward.

Even then, Bentancur would be a good addition to Antonio Conte‘s squad if Spurs can arrange a move to land him before the transfer deadline on Monday night. At 24, the Serie A playmaker is about to enter his prime and could make an immediate impact at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if he makes a smooth transition to life in England.

Bentancur will bring more bite and steel to Spurs‘ midfield and could help them earn a place in the Premier League’s top-four at the end of this campaign. Therefore, the Juve midfield ace would be a decent choice for the North London outfit to consider during this January transfer window.

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