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Tottenham Hotspur Keeping Close Tabs On This Serie A Sensation: Why Paratici Must Get The Deal Done

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Pratyay Maitra
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Tottenham Hotspur have made an incredible start to their Premier League campaign under Antonio Conte. The Italian has been spot on with his transfer business, but the credit goes to their managing director Fabio Paratici who has employed his Serie A contacts to rope in an array of top-notch names. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Sassuolo star Davide Frattesi has emerged as a winter target.

The 23-year-old Azzurri international progressed through the academy ranks of AS Roma before joining I Neroverdi. He made his senior debut in December 2017 in a Coppa Italia fixture but was loaned out to Ascoli in Serie B for the following campaign.

After an impressive spell with the Woodpeckers, Frattesi joined Empoli and Monza to continue his development in the second tier of Italian football. His exquisite form as a ‘number 8’ saw him securing a starting role in Sassuolo midfield. So far he has fired in 6 goals and laid on 4 more in 47 appearances for the Serie A outfit.

Antonio Conte

Why Tottenham Hotspur Must Rope In Frattesi

The youngster has exhibited his mastery in terms of carrying the ball forward from the deep, dribbling past the opponents in the centre of the pitch as well as retaining possession under pressure. His vision and range of passing should help him script transition in Conte’s counter-attacking system.

However, it won’t be easy to break into Spurs’ first team instantly. They are stacked in the middle of the park with Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Oliver Skipp challenging each other for gametime across four competitions. But the Lilywhites have loaned out Harry Winks (to Sampdoria) who went down the pecking order in recent months, whereas young Senegal international Pape Matar Sarr is yet to make his debut despite joining from Metz with a high reputation.

Having said that, all their midfield options are defensive-minded and offer little creativity in the advanced areas. Conte prefers to play from the deep and his style of play demands more central support for Harry Kane, Richarlison and Heung-min Son. Bentancur has done well on a few occasions, but the gaffer would prefer more depth and quality in that role after missing out on James Maddison, Nicolo Zaniolo and Christian Eriksen. Although the winter window is always tricky for transfer business, Paratici’s pulling power puts Tottenham Hotspur in the driver’s seat if a deal is pursued post-international break.

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