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Blessing in Disguise “- How Tottenham’s January failed transfer might prove to be the best business

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Head Coach Antonio Conte of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on January 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

The past few days have been a terrified and exhilarating days for the Spurs fans having seen their club missed out on Adama Traore and Luiz Diaz to Barcelona and Liverpool respectively.

As a result of this, Fears have clouded the N17 that Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte might walk away from the club due to inept Lewy in matters concerning transfer business.

However, contrary to public opinion or belief, Missing out on the transfer duo seems to be the best bit of business that Tottenham have done so far due to the following reasons.

Lamptey summer move? 

Lamptey has been in Tottenham’s radar since 2021 as the replacement of Serge Aurier, however, Lamptey suffered a season-ending hamstring injury back in March which kept him out of options and instead Tottenham signed Emerson Royal on deadline day from Barcelona to bolster his defensive options, having played Japhet Tanganga at right-back in the opening Premier League games.

According to The Sun, Brighton are reluctant to let go the talented youngster in January and with Conte in dire need of right back having not been satisfied with the £23 summer signing of Emerson Royal from Barcelona turns his attention to Adama Traore as Conte is widely understood to feel that he can turn Traore into a wing-back in the same way he modified Victor Moses’ game when he was head coach at Chelsea.

With Traore out of the framework, Tottenham can now turn their attention to Lamptey in the summer  with Japheet Tanganga and Doherty taking cover until the end of the season.

Adama Traore vs Eriq Lamptey debate 

 

Adama is a player whose ability to slalom around the pitch with his brilliant close control, combined with his otherworldly dribbling skills,frightening pace and excellent carry skills.

However, The flaws in his game are just as obvious as his speed and his dribbling skills. Traore’s final ball has not been able to devoid of criticism.

The perception remains among the wider public that he is a headless chicken, running down blind alleys and clumsy in his defending.

Without possession, Traore remains prone to standing still rather than making runs, one of the reasons Nuno stopped using him as a wing-back as he offered nothing defensively, and also Bruno Lage. Two coaches cannot be both wrong

Former Leeds forward Noel Whelan said: “I think Lamptey would definitely make more sense than Traore, that’s for sure.

“Defending isn’t exactly Traore’s strong suit, especially 1-on-1 defending. Yes, he’s got power. Yes, he’s got pace. But defending is an art and something which takes time to perfect.

“We’ve seen where Adama Traore is at his best, and that’s high up the pitch in wide areas or through the middle, running at defenders, bursting past people to create chances.”

It’s eyes glaring that Lamptey is more suited to Conte’s right wing-back role than Traore and a £50 in the summer is enough to force his switch to N17.

Luiz Diaz isn’t the next step 

While Tottenham are in desperate need of players at this moment, however, the LW isn’t supposed to be in the framework as Tottenham is stacked already with Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn is back up.

Spurs’ pursuit of Diaz was NOT evidence that he was one of Fabio Paratici’s top targets, but rather was a valuable target of opportunity, an elite player they thought they could snatch before anyone noticed.

Diaz is a right-footed left winger, who cuts in onto his stronger foot in the final third – exactly the same as the South Korean.

He is a luxury player — an attacker who plays in Son Heung-Min’s position and who didn’t really address any of the big issues currently within the squad. Hence, the Colombian would likely be pushed onto the right side of a front three where he would offer much less of a goalscoring threat.

Or, even worse, if Conte opts to stick with a 3-5-2 formation, Diaz would spend an awfully long time on the sidelines as arguably the Premier League’s best tandem (Harry Kane and Son) take centre stage.

Also, with Bergwijn just finding his feet under Conte, it would be suicidal to orchestrate Bergwijn transfer to Ajax in order to fund Diaz move

Conte said on Bergwijn: “In the past when someone asks me about Steven Bergwijn, I was very clear.

“I said that for me he is an important player because he has characteristics that in our squad we don’t have many creative players.

For me, I think he’s an important player and you know very well the player has to be happy and I think the player is happy to stay with us and play for Tottenham.”

Tottenham should instead divert the funds into a right wing-back, holding midfielder and ST as Tottenham have failed to get capable backup for Harry Kane.

 

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