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Spurs can lastly banish Hojbjerg by signing a “future £100m midfielder”

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After a curler coaster of a season that noticed Ange Postecoglou ultimately safe Europa League soccer for Tottenham Hotspur, it is the recruitment workforce’s flip to step up and ship within the coming months.

Daniel Levy and Co have to herald the best gamers to assist the Australian information the Lilywhites again nearer to the highest of the Premier League whereas concurrently serving to him flush out these not ok to take action.

Fortunately for the previous Celtic boss, that will properly occur as the newest participant touted for a transfer to N17 is an extremely thrilling teen who might be the right improve to Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Tottenham Hotspur switch information

In response to a current report from soccer.london, Tottenham Hotspur have a ‘sturdy curiosity’ in Leeds United star Archie Grey.

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The report has revealed that, alongside a number of different Premier League sides, the Lilywhites have monitored the 18-year-old’s progress for a while and consider his positional flexibility as an enormous plus.

The report doesn’t point out a possible worth, however contemplating his significance to the workforce and his £5k-per-week contract, which runs till June 2028, it might be a expensive switch to recover from the road.

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Nonetheless, in accordance with The Athletic, following their failure to win promotion again to the Premier League, the Peacocks now have to promote this summer season, which may assist Levy and Co swipe Grey for under his market worth, which might be dangerous information for Højbjerg.

How Grey compares to Højbjerg

Now, if Grey does transfer to North London this summer season, he’d most certainly achieve this underneath the promise of recreation time within the centre of midfield, as whereas he performed properly at right-back final season, that was extra via necessity than design.

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For instance, in his 89 appearances for the senior and junior sides for the reason that begin of the 2021/22 season, the Durham-born prospect has began 41 video games in attacking, central, and defensive midfield and 30 on the best aspect of the defence.

Subsequently, his arrival at Spurs would put him up towards the membership’s present crop of central midfielders, together with Højbjerg, so how do the pair evaluate? Effectively, regardless of being a decade his junior, the Englishman stacks up very properly, popping out forward in additional metrics than not.

Grey vs Højbjerg

Stats per 90

Grey

Højbjerg

Non-Penalty Anticipated Targets + Assists

0.04

0.13

Assists

0.05

0.00

Progressive Carries

1.80

1.16

Progressive Passes

4.15

9.18

Progressive Passes Obtained

2.42

1.99

Passing Accuracy

82.8%

87.2%

Aim-Creating Actions

0.15

0.14

Shot-Creating Actions

1.55

2.68

Tackles

2.30

2.19

Tackles Gained

1.51

1.24

Clearances

1.00

2.05

Errors Resulting in a Shot

0.00

0.21

Profitable Take-Ons

1.07

0.82

Ball Recoveries

4.90

8.29

All Stats through FBref for the 23/24 Home Season

For instance, whereas he produced a decrease non-penalty anticipated objective and assists determine, fewer clearances, progressive passes, ball recoveries, and shot-creating actions, he supplied extra precise assists, accomplished extra progressive carries whereas receiving extra progressive passes, made and received extra tackles, made significantly fewer errors, produced extra goal-creating actions, and accomplished extra profitable take-ones, all per 90.

What’s much more spectacular is that almost all of his metrics got here whereas he was enjoying fullback, so it would not be unreasonable to anticipate his progressive passes to extend significantly when in a extra central position.

Finally, given how spectacular Grey regarded final season and the truth that knowledge analyst Ben Mattinson described him as a “future £100m cm,” Levy and Co should do what they will to deliver him to North London this summer season.

He should still be slightly uncooked, however the expertise is plain at this level, and as he has already surpassed Højbjerg in plenty of key underlying metrics, he is likely to be the long-term way forward for the Lilywhites’ midfield.

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