Fabio Paratici will likely take charge at the Tottenham’s board and he along with Paulo Fonseca is already looking at options to strengthen the squad for the upcoming season. As reported by the God of transfer news Fabrizio Romano, Nicolas Gonzalez is the top name on the Spurs’ wish list.
Nico Gonzalez is expected to leave Stuttgard in the next days. Fiorentina offered €25m add ons included, Brighton interested too but Tottenham are now planning for a move. Fabio Paratici appreciates him – no official proposal yet from Spurs. ⚪️🇦🇷 #transfers @DiMarzio
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 12, 2021
The emergence of Nicolas Gonzalez
The Argentina born striker currently plays for VfB Stuttgart. 23-year-old made 15 appearances in which he scored 6 goals and set up 2 for his teammates. He has started to make name for himself on the international stage, already scoring 2 goals in 3 appearances for Argentina at World Cup qualifiers.
How will Spurs benefit by signing Gonzalez?
Goals is just one dimension of Argentine’s game, he has much more to contribute than just goals. Pundits compare his game to that of England captain and current Tottenham Hotspurs top scorer Harry Kane.
Former Argentina U23 star can also play as Wide Attacking Midfielder like Son at Tottenham. Naturally a CF, he is very much versatile to play anywhere in the front 3 as well as the shadow of the striker.
Getting into dangerous areas is one of his biggest strengths averaging 7.5 touches in the penalty area per 90 minutes. He has averaged 4.5 shots per game which is more than their current talisman Harry Kane.
Harry Kane Replacement?
Harry Kane is halfway out of the club right now, replacing him is crucial for Spurs. Enter Nicolas in the picture, young Argentine realistically isn’t anywhere near Harry Kane’s abilities right now, but with proper game time and guidance, he can eventually get to the level.
Gonzalez has decent passing stats, averaging 68% accuracy per 90 minutes. He can create space for himself, as he averaged 1.7 successful dribbles. He suits Fonseca’s style of progressive football as he averaged 3.08 progressive carries, 2.60 progressive passes and comfortably received 6.23 progressive passes.
Despite being an attacker, he fairly contributes in defense. Good presser off-the-ball, he recorded 11.7 pressures on opposition defenders. 46 percentile of successful interceptions and 0.48 tackling rate p90 means he can come in handy winning the ball in the opposition’s half. Stuttgart man can adapt to the physicality of Premier League, he is quite dominant in the air winning 3.08 duels per 90 minutes.
Should Tottenham compromise other areas to sign him?
Tottenham’s top priority is a ball-playing CB, which won’t come cheap in today’s market. Anyways, there is no need to compromise on other areas to get Gonzalez in Spurs camp. His market value stands at £21 million. Spurs have already accumulated £16 million from sales of Foyth and Edwards, it is no way difficult to have him in the White side of London.
Just like Spurs, Brighton is another PL club who are in desperate need of a striker. Graham Potter’s side can guarantee him starting role which is unlikely at Spurs. If that offer tempts him, Spurs could lose on an amazing player for a decade to come.
Still only 23, Nicolas Gonzalez could very much prove to be a bargain of just £21 million for any club he signs.