Tottenham Hotspur line up £25m Spanish sensation

By Mark Peters IN General,La Liga,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Aug 14th 2017

It was business as usual for Tottenham at the weekend, with goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies helping to secure three points from what could potentially have been a tricky opening fixture at newly-promoted Newcastle.

Other than in the full-back positions, Mauricio Pochettino had a fully-fit squad from which to choose, but concerns remain that the North London outfit lack the depth of talent that many of their title rivals seem to possess.

That could all be about to change if reports in the Daily Mail are to be believed, however, with the Premier League side said to have made an official approach for Celta Vigo’s Pape Cheikh Diop.

PAPE CHEIKH DIOP

Said to have a release clause of around £25m in the contract that he signed back in the winter, the highly-rated 20-year-old is also thought to be a target for Lyon.

Should Danny Rose choose to ‘Google’ the Spanish midfielder, then he would soon discover that he lacks experience, having made just 22 appearances in his La Liga career to date:

Pape Cheikh
POS: MIDAGE: 20Y 0M
HEIGHT: 5FT 11INWEIGHT: 10ST 9LB
LL | Celta | 15/1616/17 | Celta | LL
GOALS
ASSISTS
GAMES
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
AUG
1
SEP
1
OCT
1
NOV
2
1
2
DEC
2
JAN
2
1
FEB
1
MAR
1
APR
5
MAY
3
6
TOTAL
16
1

During that time, however, the Dakar-born youngster has done enough to draw comparisons with Spurs’ Alli, impressing with his ability on the ball and box-to-box style.

It would be fair to say that the Celta Vigo man is somewhat behind in terms of his development, having started just five top-flight games to the England international’s 35 in 2016/17, but they both boast incredible potential:


Pape Cheikh
versus
Dele Alli
MIDPOSITIONMID
20Y 0MAGE21Y 4M
5FT 11INHEIGHT6FT 2IN
10ST 9LBWEIGHT11ST 9LB
 
LL | CEL | | TOT | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
5
STARTS
35
562
MINS
PLAYED
3045
1
GOALS
18
ASSISTS
7
OPENING
GOALS
3
WINNING
GOALS
5
1
HOME
GOALS
9
AWAY
GOALS
9
HEADED
GOALS
4
R
1
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
5
R
9
562
MINS
PER GOAL
169
TOTAL
11

Mauricio Pochettino took little time to turn Alli into the player that Tottenham supporters idolise today, so there is no reason why he couldn’t do something similar with Diop.

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