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Tottenham Opinion: Why should Spurs revive interest in Udinese’s Rodrigo de Paul?

It dates back to January when Tottenham expressed their interest in signing Udinese ace Rodrigo de Paul, only to be discarded in the end.

Spurs broke their long-running transfer drought in style by signing Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke after a historic run the last term, where they ended as Champions League runners-up.

However, Mauricio Pochettino has to make plans for a future without Christian Eriksen, who is heavily linked over a summer exit, with Real Madrid turning out to be his potential suitors.

The situation can be eased should the Argentine manager rekindle the interest in his compatriot, De Paul.

De Paul’s stellar season in the Serie A

The Argentine playmaker had an impressive season with Udinese, racking up 9 goals and 8 assists in the Serie A. He was the fifth top-most assists provider the last term.

Later, he also had a good run in Copa America, although Argentina got eliminated in the semi-finals.

De Paul has been a regular for the Serie A outfit since joining them in 2016 and has hardly missed any of the matches.

The 25-year-old can play as a winger, central midfielder or as an attacking midfielder. As far as last season’s stats were concerned, the former Valencia man secured eye-catching stats, securing an average of 2.7 key passes and 2.23 dribbles per game. 

The intriguing thing is that he was able to achieve these numbers while playing for a less-competent side like Udinese, who finished 12th in the table last season. That is why De Paul always goes unnoticed.

Why De Paul is the apt one for Tottenham?

De Paul’s biggest strengths are his decision-making skills, through balls and dribbling skills. He is also known for his long-range shots.

Elsewhere at Spurs, it won’t be an easy feat to fill the void of Eriksen and yet, De Paul is one of the best choices.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JUNE 28: Rodrigo De Paul of Argentina looks on during the Copa America Brazil 2019 quarterfinal match between Argentina and Venezuela at Maracana Stadium on June 28, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bruna Prado/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, at Udinese, the Argentine was given a free role in the middle of the park, which allowed him to operate centrally or on either side of the flanks. This would be an added advantage for Pochettino, who can increase the depth in Spurs’ attack since he can also play as a productive winger.

De Paul’s progress in the Serie A has manifested through his scoring rate, which has significantly increased by the years.

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Having already proven himself in a highly reputed and physically tough league like the Serie A, Spurs can extract the best out of De Paul in the Premier League.

Final Verdict

Pochettino would be able to mould his compatriot De paul into a more recognizable force by getting rid of the exit-linked Eriksen.

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