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Donley might be Spurs’ personal Maddison

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Tottenham Hotspur have been in determined want of a artistic playmaker for fairly a while, courting again to the departure of Christian Eriksen.

Membership-record strikes for Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, who price a mixed £110m, have didn’t pay dividends and the latest 3-1 defeat to Arsenal within the north London derby solely additional compounded simply how poor the facet will be.

At instances, the soccer performed underneath Antonio Conte has been boring however once you’re successful, you ignore it. Three factors – or a win – is all that basically issues come full-time.

However they had been outplayed by the league leaders; their arch-rivals.

Spurs didn’t safe an attack-minded midfielder in the course of the summer season switch window, regardless of being linked to a number of names, maybe most notably in James Maddison.

Ought to Conte unleash Donley this season?




The Leicester Metropolis dynamo was on fireplace final season for the Foxes as he delivered 18 targets and 12 assists throughout 53 appearances and despite the fact that the Midlands outfit sit all-time low this time period, he’s remained in type with 4 aim contributions from six outings to date.

January is lengthy within the distance, so any likelihood for sporting director Fabio Paratici to rectify this concern must wait, although it might show to be a shrewd resolution for Conte to dip into the academy set-up, the place Jamie Donley – a part of the Guardian’s prestigious ‘Subsequent Era’ checklist for 2021 appears an excellent different.

The 17-year-old is primarily a striker however journalist David Hytner has beforehand famous his skill to drop off and supply from deep because of his spectacular passing vary – in some methods, similar to Harry Kane.

Donley missed three months of the 2021/22 marketing campaign with a wrist harm however nonetheless managed to bag 17 targets for the U18s, incomes a promotion to the U21 set-up for this season.

That’s similar to the aim figures that Maddison put up, albeit at youth stage.

He additionally laid on six assists within the U18s Premier League and for Wayne Burnett’s facet, he has largely performed within the gap behind the striker, as per Transfermarkt.

Donley has persistently been lauded for his passing vary, which might additional spotlight his potential of forging a senior profession exterior of the no.9 place.

So possibly Conte ought to flip to {the teenager}, who journalist Josh Bunting described as a “pure finisher” and “highly effective” on the ball”, with Spurs needing an thrilling spark within the ultimate third and as that’s unlikely to be remedied within the switch marketplace for fairly a while, Donley might be an intriguing answer.

AND in different information, Spurs might unearth a brand new Gareth Bale in “artistic” 18 y/o pace demon, neglect Edwards

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