Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keeping tabs on Fiorentina’s 25-year-old midfielder Sofyan Amrabat as the January transfer window draws to a close.
According to Matteo Moretto on Twitter, Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.
The 25-year-old moved to the Serie A club in 2020 and has since established himself as a regular first-teamer. Amrabat has made 45 appearances for La Viola and has yet to score a single goal or make an assist. Primarily a defensive midfielder, he can perform various functions in midfield and defence and can be considered a utility man of sorts.
A midfielder is on the agenda at Tottenham following recent developments concerning Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli. The former has fallen down the pecking order while the latter appears out of favour and was even dropped from the squad against Chelsea.
Reliable transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Amrabat is one of the midfielders on Spurs’ radar as they seek to replace Ndombele. Whether a move for the Moroccan is exclusive of Tottenham’s ability to sell Ndombele this month remains to be seen.
A Dusan Vlahovic-led Fiorentina are currently in the seventh spot and have an outside chance of challenging for the UEFA Champions League places. Despite a promising first season at the club, Amrabat has seen his stock fall this term and has been limited to a mere 12 appearances so far, in all competitions.
While questions can be asked about Spurs moving for a player who is struggling in Italy, Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici have a better idea of the Serie A and might see something in the Moroccan that the others do not. Amrabat is certainly a nifty player but whether he is what Tottenham need remains to be seen.
The 25-year-old is a good passer of the ball and can also dribble past opposition with deft touches when needed. He is, however, poor in the air and could struggle to compete physically in the much more combative Premier League. The last thing Spurs need is another player who is a poor fit for the system.
Spurs face a pivotal second half of the season as they look to negotiate a fixture pile-up and land a top-four spot. The lack of quality in the club’s ranks was exposed brutally thrice this month by Chelsea. Given what was on show at Stamford Bridge last night, the north Londoners will need someone much better than Amrabat to turn the tide.
Amrabat is by no means a poor player. But his chances of succeeding at Spurs is far from guaranteed. If there is one player that Antonio Conte’s side should target from La Viola, it should be Vlahovic.