Why Real Madrid Star Mateo Kovacic Would Be A Great Signing For Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the summer as they look to invigorate their midfield options. Spurs have lacked consistency in the midfield due to a list of injuries to the likes of Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama.
Also to mention, Mousa Dembele is set to turn 31 this year, which clearly implies they need a long-term option in the midfield. The Croatian has struggled for time in the middle and has made just one league start all season. He surely isn’t short of suitors as Roma and Inter Milan are also interested in signing him.
More On The Player
He started his senior career with Dinamo Zagreb in 2010 and entered the spotlight in the 2011-12 season when he made over 40 appearances. In the 2012-13 season, he switched to Inter Milan before being signed by Real Madrid. For the Milan based club, he made 97 appearances and also scored 8 goals.
He was a regular at Bernabeu until this season, having made 73 appearances over the course of two seasons. The 23-year-old is one of the most important players for his international side and has already earned 38 caps, chipping in with a goal.
What Will He Offer The Club
Firstly, his technique on the ball is exquisite. He is a smart dribbler, can carry the ball from midfield to attack quickly and save his team from high press situations due to his ball retention ability. He keeps the ball close to his feet and is one of the safest young sensations in possession. He offers high work rate.
The £22.5m-rated Croatian is an absolute machine in the midfield and apart from being creative, directing the play and galvanising the forward play, he is a real asset while chasing back and intercepting the ball. More importantly, he gets back in no time, much like Luka Modric. His driving play and vision are outstanding. Defensively, he is known for sensing feeble attacks early and breaking the play high up the pitch.
Worth The Fuss?
Undoubtedly. His talent is of no question and given his major attributes and style of play, one could say that he is the ideal Pochettino player. Also to add, Spurs don’t have a midfielder with that sort of vision. Dembele has excellent technical skills but is more of a sideways passer, along with Wanyama. Winks is energetic and talented, but is far from this level of innovation in his play. Hence, to have a player such as him would also ease the pressure from the shoulders of Eriksen, who is arguably Tottenham’s backbone.