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Bundesliga Defender Is On The Radar Of Tottenham Hotspur: Should Conte Bring Him On Board?

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In a recent report, Tuttomercatoweb stated that Bayern 04 Leverkusen is on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur. It has been mentioned that Spurs are leading the race ahead of Inter Milan, Juventus, AC Milan and Napoli for the Ecuador international.

Hincapie’s Impressive Form At The BayArena This Season

Hincapie has enjoyed a solid campaign in German football as he has been responsible for putting in a string of dominant displays for Leverkusen on the defensive end of the field. The 20-year-old has registered one goal in 21 matches for the German club this season across various competitions.

The Ecuadorian sensation has been a rock at the back for the German outfit based on his average of 1.5 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 2.1 clearances per 90 minutes in Bundesliga. He has even been careful when distributing possession from the back, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 83.3% in the German first division (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the BayArena is set to run out in the summer of 2026. Hence, Spurs will have to make a big offer if they want to convince Leverkusen to part ways with their prized asset.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Should Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Antonio Conte Get Hincapie On Board?

Hincapie can sense the danger quickly to make some important interceptions for his side on the defensive third of the pitch. He doesn’t mind getting stuck in with some crunching tackles to make life difficult for the opposition strikers and can clear the danger when at risk of being caught out at the back.

The Ecuadorian sensation is also proficient at playing his way out from inside his half. He mainly operates as a central defender but can also fill in as a left-back if his manager tells him to do so.

Someone with Hincapie’s skillset will no doubt be a welcome addition to Tottenham‘s squad this January or next summer. We can expect the Leverkusen talent to inject more quality into Antonio Conte‘s first team and offer some competition for the likes of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez at the London club.

Hincapie has what it takes to fight for a regular starting spot at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Furthermore, he could even help the North London outfit challenge for some major trophies in the coming seasons if he can find a way to cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football. Therefore, Conte should focus on bringing the Bundesliga defender on board in 2023.

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