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Tottenham Hotspur now have an outdoor likelihood of qualifying for the Champions League, at the moment trailing fourth-placed Aston Villa by six factors within the Premier League.

Whereas Ange Postecoglou‘s squad maintain two video games in hand on the Villans, and would degree the standings by successful each, forthcoming fixtures in opposition to Liverpool, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Manchester Metropolis converse of the robust activity of closing the hole.

Securing a spot amongst Europe’s elite, or failing to take action, should not outline a promising first marketing campaign below new administration after a dismal 2022/23 marketing campaign that noticed Antonio Conte dismissed with no love misplaced and Harry Kane depart for Bayern Munich in Germany.

Focus will stay mounted on crafting a late-season streak to push for the very best doable place however Postecoglou’s mission is at its base and Daniel Levy is already looking forward to the summer season switch window, figuring out yet one more goal from the Italian scene.

Spurs eyeing one other Serie A star

In accordance with Corriere dello Sport – through reports in Spain – Tottenham bosses have been knowledgeable that they might want to cough up €40m (£34m) if they’re to signal Alessandro Buongiorno from Torino this summer season, at the moment main the race for his signature.

It is said that Buongiorno ‘suits completely into their plans’ having earned all of the plaudits for his performances this season and his outfit at the moment are eager to use the wealth of the Premier League.

Italy defender Alessandro Buongiorno. 

Whereas Postecoglou would welcome one other star to strengthen the backline, a £27m outlay was granted to safe Radu Dragusin from Genoa in January and it stays to be seen whether or not Levy will facilitate one other comparable enterprise.

Alessandro Buongiorno’s season in numbers

Buongiorno won’t be a giant title over in England however he has deservedly cultivated a fame for his dynamic, modern-tuned defensive work, having chalked up 106 senior appearances for Torino after graduating from the academy and having fun with a collection of mortgage spells in decrease divisions.

An brisk and vast-ground-covering defender, Buongiorno has accomplished 26 matches in Serie A this season – lacking eight video games on account of damage – has scored three objectives, has positioned one help and has extremely stored 13 clear sheets, as per Sofascore.

The 24-year-old is stopping the opposition from scoring as soon as each two matches this season, along with his chic showings incomes him three caps for Italy over the previous 12 months, with Euro 2024 looming.

And it isn’t as if Buongiorno is not pulling his weight, counting on the energy of his teammates to hold him over the end line. Averaging 2.4 interceptions, 2.5 tackles, 4.3 ball recoveries and 4.4 clearances per outing, he actually is among the best centre-halfs in his homeland and is creating an entire and cultured ability set.

The 6 foot 3 titan’s aggressive defensive type and misleading technical high quality counsel that he can be a tailored addition to Postecoglou’s staff within the Premier League, additionally successful out on high in 57% of his contested duels, successful 6.6 per recreation.

Alessandro-Buongiorno-Torino

The left-footed defender’s caveat is that he’s a tad overzealous now and again, choosing up seven yellow playing cards, although this hardly negates his thrilling potential within the central defence.

Now, who does that sound like?

How Alessandro Buongiorno would slot in at Spurs

With a hanging stylistic similarity to Cristian Romero, Spurs’ supreme star within the rearguard, there is no cause why transferring for Buongiorno wouldn’t improve the present crop.

It is vital to do not forget that whereas Micky van de Ven and Romero are the popular defensive axis, Tottenham haven’t performed any European soccer this season. When that door opens subsequent 12 months, the total energy of Postecoglou’s squad goes to be referred to as into query.

Cristian Romero: Premier League Stats 23/24

Stat

#

Matches performed

28

Targets

5

Clear sheets

6

Move completion

92%

Tackles per recreation

2.0

Interceptions per recreation

1.3

Clearances per recreation

2.9

Ball recoveries per recreation

5.7

Duels received per recreation

5.5 (68%)

Stats through Sofascore

Romero is a world-class defender and he has been magnificent this season – crimson playing cards however – and the same peer in Buongiorno would show to be a beautiful addition to Postecoglou’s mission, particularly on the opposite aspect of the central defence.

As per FBref, the Italy worldwide ranks among the many high 6% of centre-backs throughout Europe’s high 5 leagues over the previous 12 months for objectives, the highest 8% for tackles, the highest 1% for interceptions and the highest 11% for aerial duels received per 90, highlighting the core qualities that might see him emulate a high-level star reminiscent of Romero.

Certainly, Tottenham’s Argentinian ace ranks among the many high 1% of positional friends throughout Europe’s high 5 leagues over the previous 12 months for objectives, the highest 9% for move completion, progressive passes and tackles and the highest 17% for shot-creating actions and aerial wins per 90.

With Torino’s most important man in defence providing a mode of play that focuses on each defensive solidity with an aggressive, front-footed strategy and progressive, attacking success, there is no cause why he couldn’t cement himself as a key participant in Tottenham’s system.

His left-sided choice additionally makes him the right foil for Van de Ven, who’s elite and athletic and has been a revelation since becoming a member of from Wolfsburg in a £43m deal final summer season however has picked up a number of accidents via the marketing campaign and would not fairly have the right stand-in, with Dragusin simpler when on the correct.

Described as “outstanding” and “one of the crucial underrated gamers in Italy” by expertise scout Jacek Kulig, Buongiorno might develop into an actual participant on the high of the European recreation, having already planted the seeds in his homeland, and Tottenham should now transfer to fortify their ranks forward of an anticipated return to European competitors subsequent 12 months.

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