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Tottenham Hotspur Hoping To Land This Serie A Playmaker: What Will He Bring To North London?

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In a recent report, Football.London stated that Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to land Atalanta playmaker Ruslan Malinovskyi. It has been mentioned that Spurs are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Ukrainian talent.

Malinovskyi’s Impressive Rise In Italian Football This Season

The 29-year-old has caught the eye at times with his performances for the Italian club in the final third. Malinovskyi has featured in 14 matches for Atalanta this season, finding the back of the net once and securing two assists across all competitions.

The Ukraine international has proven his worth despite making most of his appearances off the bench after he averaged 1.0 tackles, 1.4 shots and 0.9 key passes per 90 minutes in Serie A. Malinovskyi has even been excellent when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half as he has made 79.5% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Gewiss Stadium will run out at the end of this campaign. Hence, Spurs could potentially land him on the cheap when the transfer window reopens at the start of next year.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

What Will Malinovskyi Bring To Tottenham Hotspur?

Malinovskyi can get stuck in with some solid tackles when needed and can strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range. He has even got the vision to cut open the opposition defence with a decisive pass on the attacking end of the field. Malinovskyi is primarily an attacking midfielder but can also play as a secondary striker or as a box-to-box midfielder if needed.

At the moment, the Ukraine sensation is finding his feet at the Gewiss Stadium but could go on to have a few good years at the highest level as long as he can ensure regular playing time in the coming seasons.

At 29, Malinovskyi is currently playing at his best and could bring some much-needed depth to Antonio Conte‘s match-day squad at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However, there are some concerns over whether he can cope with the physical nature and high intensity of English football.

Still, there is no denying that Malinovskyi is good enough to fight for a regular starting spot at the North London club. He has what it takes to help Spurs stay competitive in the top-four race and would be a good value-for-money addition to Conte’s squad if the Londoners can find a way to bring him on board during the winter transfer window.

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