Jenas amazed by Tottenham target Gvardiol; he was 'different class'
Jermaine Jenas has told BBC One (broadcast on 1/12; 16:35) that Tottenham Hotspur target Josko Gvardiol has it all, while he suggested that his performance for Croatia against Belgium on Thursday was different class.
Croatia are through to the knockout stages of the World Cup after a stalemate against Roberto Martinez’s side. Of course, Belgium have been extremely poor throughout the tournament.
However, the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists stepped up the intensity in the second-half as their exit looked to be on the cards. And they created a number of chances to bag the winner.
Tottenham target Josko Gvardiol different class
Romelu Lukaku had an awful time in front of goal. But Gvardiol also produced an absolutely colossal performance at the heart of the Croatia defence.
Jenas lauded the 20-year-old during the first-half. And he piled the praise on after Gvardiol produced an incredible last-ditch tackle to take the ball off of Lukaku’s toes in the final minutes before the full-time whistle.
“He’s got it all. You can see when he comes out with the ball he has the bit to go past people, drive into midfield, and pick passes. But he defends properly. That’s the biggest thing you want a player like him in your team for,” he told BBC One.
“What a block that was. What a challenge. We’re all sat here waiting for a winning goal. Doesn’t get much bigger than that. A last-ditch challenge is as big as a goal. Gvardiol, he’s been brilliant all game,” he said, after his second-half tackle.
“What a player. 20 years old, did you say? Different class.”
Certainly, if clubs around Europe were not looking at Gvardiol before the tournament, they will be now.
Tottenham were one of those who already had their eye on the RB Leipzig defender. Tuttomercatoweb recently reported that Ivan Perisic was working to convince his countryman to join Spurs while in Qatar.
Antonio Conte’s defence is a work in progress. Cristian Romero has been an excellent signing. Meanwhile, Eric Dier’s career has largely got back on track under the Italian. But there is a place up for grabs on the left.
Clement Lenglet and Ben Davies are tussling over that role right now. But, as Jenas suggests, Gvardiol is a player on a different level.
Whoever secures his signature will boast one of the brightest talents in world football.