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'He is a talent': Tony Adams blown away by centre-back Tottenham reportedly want to sign
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'He is a talent': Tony Adams blown away by centre-back Tottenham reportedly want to sign

Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with Croatia international’s Josko Gvardiol in recent months.

Back in May, the Evening Standard claimed Spurs were looking at the 20-year-old as an alternative to Alessandro Bastoni.

More recently, it has been claimed that Ivan Perisic has been trying to convince his countryman to join Spurs while at the World Cup.

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Gvardiol is one of several players who enjoyed a breakthrough tournament, making a name for himself as a future star.

He helped Croatia reach the World Cup semi-finals, where they succumbed to a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina outfit.

Admittedly, Gvardiol struggled against Messi, but Tony Adams – one of the greatest defenders of the English game – isn’t too concerned.

‘Will grow from his experience’

The Arsenal legend, writing in The Sun, recalled how Marco van Basten ran rings around him at Euro 1988.

Adams tipped Gvardiol to learn from the experience and go on to become a star.

“Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol was touted as the best defender at this World Cup before he got ripped to bits by Messi but he’s only 20,” he saif.

“I was at Euro 88 at a similar age and didn’t have the tools for the job. I got turned inside out by the best player in the world at that time, Dutchman Marco van Basten.

“He scored a hat-trick as we lost 3-1 and it took me a while to recover and lay that demon to rest.

“There was some criticism of my performance and I had my tail between my legs when I got home and got chased out of Luton airport by the England supporters because I’d had a shocking tournament.

“But I used it to my benefit and learned from it… Gvardiol will grow from his experience as I did and come back stronger. He is a talent.”

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Minor setback in testing circumstances shouldn’t count against Gvardiol

Gvardiol being given a tough time by Messi in a World Cup semi-final should not count against him.

He’s just 20 years old and already a regular for club and country, helping the latter reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

Gvardiol was up against one of the best players of all time, with 15 years’ experience over him, at a tournament which is his last chance to immortalise his legacy as the greatest of all time.

Bit of a tough ask really.

Defenders don’t peak until their mid-to-late twenties. So it’s frightening to think how good Gvardiol will be once he hits his ceiling.

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