Teamwork makes the dream work

Ange may signal a star who’s like Wirtz

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It’s clear that the purpose at Tottenham Hotspur is to strengthen the assault this summer time, with Ange Postecoglou seeking to make his facet a Champions League-level outfit.

It’s evident that, in addition to Heung-min Son, Spurs want a match-winner, somebody who can drag the crew to success like Florian Wirtz did for Bayer Leverkusen final season.

The Bundesliga Participant of the Season was excellent below Xabi Alonso, and he’s now beginning for the German nationwide crew at Euro 2024 too.

With that in thoughts, let’s check out a Spurs goal who may develop into their very personal Wirtz.

Spurs need a new attacking participant

In line with journalist Alasdair Gold in a Q&A with Soccer.London, Spurs are excited about signing Marcus Edwards this summer time.

The Sporting winger was previously of the Lilywhites, and subsequently, they will signal him for a less expensive value because of their ‘35% sell-on clause.’

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In full, Gold commented: “Spurs have definitely thought-about a return for Marcus Edwards, with their former winger counting as club-trained and obtainable at a discount from Sporting because of their 35% sell-on clause.

“They’re monitoring that scenario and whether or not it is extra helpful to make the transfer or just take a lower of any potential payment. From what I perceive the participant can be pleased to return and has made no secret of his want to come back again to England to play within the Premier League.”

How Marcus Edwards compares to Wirtz

Since transferring to Sporting in January 2022, Edwards has been a dependable performer, regardless of usually having to influence the sport off the bench.

This was significantly the case final season, with the quantity ten beginning simply 14 video games in Liga Portugal, which is principally because of Sporting’s system not utilising a system with true wingers.

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Nonetheless, the previous Spurs ace nonetheless scored 4 targets and offered 4 assists, together with his high quality usually unquestioned when he’s on the sphere.

Plainly the ahead has the expertise and high quality to succeed, however identical to Wirtz, he wants the best setting and coach to really flourish.

As proven within the desk under, Wirtz is solely a far superior participant than Edwards, however there are many similarities to their recreation, with FBref additionally noting them as ‘related gamers.’

Edwards vs Wirtz 23/24 EUL Stats

Stats (per 90)

Edwards

Wirtz

Objectives

0.15

0.51

Assists

0.15

0.51

Progressive passes obtained

7.42

8.33

Progressive carries

5.30

6.15

Profitable take-ons

1.82

1.92

Shot-creating actions

5.30

7.56

By way of FBref

Each gamers are glorious technicians who thrive when the ball is at their toes, no matter whether or not they’re taking part in out huge or extra centrally.

The 2 attackers are good at connecting the midfield to the assault, usually discovering house to get on the half flip and trigger havoc when working on the backline, as proven by the excessive quantity of progressive passes obtained.

A go is taken into account progressive if the gap between the start line and the following contact is no less than 10 meters nearer to the opponent’s purpose or any accomplished go into the penalty space.

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Moreover, they usually act because the instigator for attacking conditions, whether or not that’s by dropping deeper to progress the ball themselves by way of passes or carrying the ball up the sphere with velocity.

But, the very best trait is, no doubt, their creativity, whether or not that’s by intelligent passes, motion, or their extremely quick footwork that allows them to weave previous opponents, as proven by their shot-creating actions and profitable take-ons.

The power to show one thing into nothing is why Edwards particularly has been described as a “fantastic” footballer by soccer scout Jacek Kulig, and his dominance in 1v1 situations would profit Spurs in each recreation state.

On condition that Edwards is used to taking part in as an inside ahead, he would thrive in that right-wing spot below Postecoglou, particularly because of Pedro Porro being an enormous menace out huge from full-back.

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Total, Edwards has loads of high quality at his disposal, and to even boast considerably related statistics to Wirtz proves that he has the potential to blow up below the best circumstances.

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