Tottenham Hotspur Set To Swoop Controversial French Star

By timgarrett IN Premier League,Transfers - 19:30 Jun 14th 2018
 

So far this summer, Tottenham have been keeping their powder dry in the transfer market, preferring instead to concentrate on securing the long-term futures of key individuals such as Harry Kane and manager Mauricio Pochettino.

That will need to change if they are to take the next step in their development from challengers to winners, however, with the North London outfit seemingly just one or two quality additions away from becoming a real force.

According to recent media reports, one player of interest to Spurs is Adrien Rabiot, with the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder potentially looking for a change of scenery after controversially missing out on his country’s World Cup squad.

The 23-year-old’s refusal to be named on Didier Deschamps’ standby list for this summer’s finals in Russia has tarnished his reputation in France, whilst the need to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations could force PSG to sell:

Adrien
Rabiot
VMousa
Dembele
Paris Saint-GermainTottenham Hotspur
MID   23Y 2M   6FT 2INMID   30Y 10M   5FT 10IN
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
RABIOT
DEMBELE
Starts
87
127
Minutes played
8187
11143
Goals
11
6
Assists
9
6
Opening goals
2
3
Winning goals
1
2
Home goals
9
5
Away goals
2
1
Goals with feet
8
5
Goals with head
0
Minutes per goal
744
1857
TOTAL
6
4

Although very different in style to Mousa Dembele, the continual rumours linking the Belgian international with a switch to Serie A suggest that Rabiot would be brought in as a direct, and slightly more attack-minded, replacement.

A cultured, box-to-box, ball-playing midfielder, the 23-year-old featured in 33 of a possible 38 Ligue 1 matches for the French champions last season, and he now appears ready to take the next step in his development by moving abroad:

Adrien Rabiot
CLUB Paris Saint-GermainAGE 23Y 2M
POS MIDHEIGHT 6FT 2IN
2017/18
WITH
WITHOUT
Matches
33
5
Win %
76%
80%
Draw %
15%
20%
Loss %
9%
Avg Goal for
2.8
3.4
Avg Goals against
0.7
1.2
Mins per goal for
32.6
26.5
Mins per goal against
129.1
75
Shots for per game
12.6
15.2
Points per game
2.4
2.6
Clean sheets
17
1
TOTAL
6
5

Were he to join Tottenham, then the highly-talented youngster would likely find himself operating alongside of Eric Dier in the midfield engine room, thus giving Spurs a well-balanced partnership that could serve them with distinction for years to come.

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