Fabio Paratici has revealed that Tottenham are keeping a close eye on the progression of Destiny Udogie at Udinese and described the left wing-back as a ‘complete’ player.
Spurs signed Udogie from Udinese in the summer for an initial £15M with some performance-related bonuses on top. He was loaned back to the Italian side for this season, but he is expected back at Tottenham in the summer.
Udogie made 35 Serie A appearances for Udinese over the 2021/2022, scoring five goals and marking himself out as one of Italy’s top defensive talents.
Tottenham have Ivan Perisic and Ryan Sessegnon at left-wing-back, while Ben Davies, who mostly plays as a centre-back these days, is also still at the club.
However, Spurs just couldn’t resist the opportunity of signing Destiny Udogie last summer because they know he has the potential to become a real star in the coming years.
Paratici, in his interview with the club’s official website yesterday, hinted that the 20-year-old could be ready to make an impact at Tottenham next season and hailed the youngster as a ‘complete player’.
When asked about Udogie, the 50-year-old responded: “Yes, we watch every game so scouts, they’re responsible for loans, so we follow him, he is doing very well, he is playing every game so I think this is the right way for him to improve and to be ready for next season.
“He is a wing-back, he has a really, really, really good left foot, offensive phases are really good, he creates a lot of opportunities to score, make assists so he’s a complete player.”
Antonio Conte has often complained about recruitment at Spurs, but with Udogie and now Pedro Porro, Tottenham have two excellent wing-backs capable of meeting Conte’s demands.
Udogie, who is yet to play for Tottenham, has made 17 appearances in all competitions for Udinese this season and has directly contributed to four goals. He’s really impressing everyone in Italy, and the fact that he’s still only 20 means he’ll only get better as he gains more experience.