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Tottenham Hotspur Preparing A Move To Land This Talented Midfielder: What Will He Add To Conte’s Side?

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In a recent print edition, Jornal de Noticias revealed that Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a move to land Joao Palhinha from Sporting CP this summer. It is believed that Spurs are planning to launch a bid to acquire the services of the Portuguese midfield ace.

Palhinha’s Decent Run Of Form In Portuguese Football This Season

Palhinha is enjoying another solid campaign in Portugal as he has continued to excel at the heart of Sporting’s midfield. The 26-year-old has registered three goals in 37 matches for the Portuguese outfit this season across all competitions.

The Portuguese talent has given a good account of himself by averaging 3.0 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 1.0 shots and 0.6 key passes per 90 minutes in the Liga Portugal. He has even been excellent with his ball distribution after making 87.9% of his attempted passes in the Portuguese top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Sporting Lisbon’s Portuguese midfielder Joao Palhinha (L) fights for the ball with Portimonense’s Bissau-Guinean defender Fali Cande during the Portuguese League football match between Sporting CP and Portimonense SC at Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, on December 29, 2021. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Will Palhinha Add To Tottenham Hotspur Boss Antonio Conte’s Team?

Palhinha can get stuck in with some solid tackles to make life difficult for the opposition at the centre of the park. He usually clears the danger when needed and can time his challenges well to secure possession back in midfield.

The Portugal international can even chip in by netting some important goals in the opponent’s half and can even make a few clever runs with the ball going forward. Thus, Tottenham would be wise to get him on board during this summer transfer period.

We can expect Palhinha to add a lot of bite and steel to Antonio Conte‘s defence. He would add some serious competition for Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the coming seasons.

At 26, Palhinha is playing some of the best football of his playing career and could help the North London outfit challenge for a major trophy or two over the next few years. With all things considered, Spurs would be wise to engineer a move to bring the Portuguese star to the English capital ahead of the new campaign.

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