Tottenham are set to engage Liverpool in a fierce battle for the signature of Napoli and Italy international attacking midfielder cum winger Lorenzo Insigne, come January, according to the reports from Talksport.
The 25-year-old is currently unsettled at the Naples club after contract negotiation talks broke down, and he is very much likely to be put up for sale in the winter transfer market.
Insigne could be a subject of a £44million transfer tussle between the 2 EPL giants come January, but will he be a perfect addition to Tottenham’s ranks?
Style of Play
Primarily a left winger, Insigne’s is at full throttle whenever he is in his elements on the flanks. The combination of his speed, and ability to hold on to the ball makes him a constant attacking threat.
The right-footed winger also brings versatility to the table, in that he is able to play on the right flank, through the middle and also as a supporting striker. Insigne is also a big threat on dead balls, and his eyes for goals are the same as those for creating clear-cut chances to assist his teammates.
A mixture of power, vision, technical ability and ball control makes him a complete forward with unrivaled creativity, and it is why the top clubs and not only Liverpool and Tottenham will line up to present him juicy offers come January.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Standing at 5 ft 4 in, Insigne’s height makes him a poor contender of aerial duels by nature. Another noticeable weakness of his is his poor finishing in the final third at times.
As far as strengths go, the Italian is a powerhouse who combines passing, ability to lay through balls and hold on to them while retaining possession to much devastating effects on opponents. These features he constantly puts to good use every time.
Numbers don’t lie, and the Napoli wide man boasts of quite the impressive figures.
Since becoming a more established member of the Serie A giants’ starting XI last season, the forward has grabbed 12 goals, created 77 chances and made 13 assists in 40 league appearances – not a bad return for a winger.
This season, the 25-year-old has recorded an average shot accuracy of 14% while his average pass accuracy is at 89%.
Where will he fit in?
Where will Tottenham line Lorenzo Insigne up in the eventuality that he is landed?
Having played every of Napoli’s 8 league games as a forward on the left flank, Mauricio Pochettino’s plan will likely be to provide the duo of Lamela and Eriksen stiff competition on the wings. The Argentine rotates both the wingers on both wings, and with Insigne also able to do well on the right, he perfectly fits the bill.
Alli has played mostly through the middle in an attacking position, and Insigne is also able to challenge the youngster for a starting berth.
With summer signing Vincent Janssen still taking his time to make a meaningful impact, and especially failing to provide much-needed support following Harry Kane’s injury, having someone like Insigne, who can do a better job might be another option Pochettino considers.
The fact that he is able to constantly press and run makes him a great prospective addition to the team’s rank. Tottenham’s high-pressing football fits the Italian to a tee.