Tottenham opinion: Ismaily would be a shrewd addition for Spurs
According to a report from Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Tottenham are interested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk defender Ismaily.
Ismaily, 29, has claimed a remarkable 14 trophies with Shakhtar Donetsk, including five league titles, since arriving from Braga in 2013. He is one of the most underrated left-backs in European football and at 29, deserves a chance to play in the Premier League.
Tottenham’s interest in Ismaily makes a lot of sense as seasoned campaigner Danny Rose’s future has been a topic of debate this summer.
Rose had been omitted from Spurs’ pre-season tour of Asia, leaving his future up in the air. It is evident that the England international is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans for the upcoming season.
Spurs’ decision to leave Rose out of their pre-season tour of Asia is a hint that he needs to find a new club after 12 years in north London. On his day, he’s one of the best left-backs in the Premier League and has 27 caps for England.
Last season, the 29-year-old showed signs of getting back to his old self and that has seen him attract interest from Paris Saint-Germain, who want to make him a part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad next season, as per the Sun.
Pochettino needs a new left-back to compete with Ben Davies next season and Spurs must go all out to sign Ismaily as a potential replacement for Rose.
Ismaily has showcased his attacking capabilities as well as his defensive prowess at Shakhtar. The Brazilian impressed in the Champions League last season despite Shakhtar being dumped out in the group stages, as he scored twice and provided three assists.
He is a flying left-back, known for his pace, agility and dribbling skills, and plays with a certain level of directness. The 29-year-old is tenacious in the tackle and looks to keep things organised at the back.
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However, Ismaily is not a typical Spurs target, as he is 29 years old and has never played in a top European league. But having won 14 titles in Ukraine, he would have an understanding of what it takes to win silverware, and that should come handy for a Spurs side aiming to win trophies next term.
Given his experience, quality and winning mentality, Ismaily would be a smart addition to the Spurs squad.