‘Doesn’t stand out’: National media say £7.5m Tottenham target was ‘silent’ in World Cup semi-final yesterday
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‘Doesn’t stand out’: National media say £7.5m Tottenham target was ‘silent’ in World Cup semi-final yesterday

It was a big night for two Tottenham Hotspur players as they looked to reach the World Cup final.

In the end, Cristian Romero’s Argentina side comfortably saw off Ivan Perisic’s Croatia.

The Argentine media have had their say on the result, and were unsurprisingly blown away by Lionel Messi.

The legendary forward scored a penalty, before running Josko Gvardiol ragged to set up Argentina’s third.

It was a very impressive performance from Argentina, who have now reached their second World Cup final in three attempts.

Romero was his typical aggressive self in the heart of his side’s defence.

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Constantly pressing and harrying Andrej Kramaric, he picked up a booking but won’t be suspended for the final.

Another player at the World Cup who Spurs fans might have been watching was Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister.

Mac Allister has been linked with a move to Tottenham in the last week.

After missing out on their defeat to Saudi Arabia, Mac Allister has slotted into Argentina’s midfield and been brilliant.

And the Argentine press have now given their verdict on his performance against Croatia last night.

Tottenham target Mac Allister at the World Cup

Mac Allister was given seven out of 10s across the board by the media back home.

TyC Sports said: “He was once again the silent partner of everyone in the middle, to fight and to create.

“He doesn’t stand out because he lives with many who shine, but he doesn’t drop below 7 points almost never.”

Ole.com.ar provided a similar review of Mac Allister’s performance: “He didn’t shine with the ball but he was very supportive of the team in marking, positioning and reinforcing the midfield from the back.

“The Croatian goalkeeper saved a tremendous header at the near post, which at that moment could have made it 3-0.”

Finally ESPN Argentina simply said: “Less involved than in other matches in terms of football, he was always an option in attack.”

Mac Allister suffers from harsh media verdict

Mac Allister’s ratings from the Argentinian press after his latest World Cup outing feel harsh.

He hardly gave the ball away, and expertly linked his side defence with attack.

Unfortunately, he did miss one brilliant chance to score with a volley, and had a header expertly saved.

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However, the £7.5m midfielder was sharing a pitch with one of the greatest players to ever grace the game.

His rating was always going to suffer when compared to Lionel Messi.

He would offer Tottenham a deep lying playmaker option that doesn’t really exist in the squad right now.

Having been compared to Jude Bellingham by Roy Keane, he’s certainly a player Spurs will be considering.

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