63 touches, four tackles: 'Unique' Tottenham-linked star was brilliant last night despite losing 4-0
Juventus had a night to forget in the Champions League yesterday. The Old Lady were battered 4-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but Weston McKennie managed to impress.
Goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner gave the Blues a convincing win, and they remain one of the favourites to go all the way in the competition.
Many Tottenham fans tuned in to watch the game last night, not for Chelsea, but for McKennie, who is reportedly a January transfer target. (CalcioMercato)
The American was played out of position on the wing by Max Allegri last night. There were times where he struggled, like most of his teammates. He even made an error that led to a goal, but he was still Juventus’ best player by a distance.
Stats: Weston McKennie vs Chelsea
In a game that Chelsea dominated from start to finish, McKennie managed to catch the eye. He was among the favourites to be sold in January, but many Juventus fans now want to keep hold of him.
The American, in his 90 minutes on the pitch, had 63 touches of the ball and maintained a healthy 88 per cent passing accuracy. He made one key pass and had a shot on target, but unfortunately for him, neither resulted in a goal. (SofaScore)
Defensively, McKennie had a really good game, apart from his error leading to goal of course. He registered four tackles, four interceptions and two clearances, while also winning seven duels. (SofaScore)
Should Spurs sign the American?
McKennie is a fantastic footballer and the rumours that led us to believe that Juventus wanted him gone were a shock to many. However, it is extremely unlikely now that Allegri will push him out of the door in January.
If an opportunity does arise, Tottenham should be all over this deal. The American, labelled as a ‘unique individual‘ by USA head coach Gregg Berhalter, would offer Antonio Conte plenty of options.
He can play anywhere across central midfield and as he showed yesterday, he’s comfortable out wide too. The American would be a fantastic signing for Spurs, but it won’t be easy to get him now that he’s performing really well in Turin.
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