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Tottenham Hotspur Are On The Brink Of Recruiting This English Starlet: One For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail stated that Tottenham Hotspur are on the brink of recruiting Blackburn Rovers starlet Ashley Phillips this summer. It has been mentioned that Spurs are close to sealing a move for the English teenager during this summer transfer window.

Phillips’ Recent Rise In The EFL Championship

Phillips has come through the youth ranks of Blackburn and has done really well to break into their first team recently. The 17-year-old has already made three senior appearances for the English side so far.

The talented prospect has successfully established himself as one of the most promising young defenders in the EFL Championship. Therefore, Spurs deserve a lot of credit if they can get a deal over the line for him before the end of this ongoing transfer window.

Phillips has just got a year left to run in his Blackburn contract which will boost Tottenham’s chances of securing his services this month. The English whizkid has made a good start to this campaign as he is averaging 0.5 tackles and 6.0 clearances per game in the English Championship. Phillips has even taken care of the ball when distributing it from the back, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 83.9% in the second tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham On The Brink Of Signing Phillips: Is He A Prospect For The Future?

Phillips can read the danger quickly to secure the ball back for his side on the defensive third of the pitch. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and is proficient at playing his way out from the back. Standing at 1.92m, the English sensation can use his strong frame to dominate the opposition in the air.

Phillips ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte demands from his central defenders. He has got a strong frame and has got the skillset to become a future star at the North London club.

At 17, Phillips has got the potential to become one of the best players in his position someday. Therefore, he will be a good, long-term signing for Spurs during this summer transfer period.

There is no doubt that Phillips is a prospect to watch out for in the future. Furthermore, Conte could be the ideal man to nurture him into a top talent in the English capital over the next decade.

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