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Report: Mauricio Pochettino wants Youcef Atal and Paulo Dybala at Tottenham this January

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Report: Mauricio Pochettino wants Youcef Atal and Paulo Dybala at Tottenham this January

Paulo Dybala was a deadline day target for Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino will ask for two new signings in January when he meets for showdown talks over the international break, The Daily Star reports.

Tottenham Hotspur’s form has been worrying this season, leading to question marks over Pochettino’s future. But if he gets the backing of the board, Pochettino wants a shake-up in January.

The Spurs boss has identified two main targets to improve this squad this winter. OGC Nice right-back Youcef Atal and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala are the two players on Pochettino’s wishlist.

Dybala to boost Tottenham’s attack

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Tottenham frantically tried to sign Dybala on deadline day but a move fell through (BBC Sport). The 25-year-old has struggled for game time since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus but he scored against Inter Milan at the weekend.

Spurs want reinforcements in attack to ease the burden on Harry Kane. Dybala has been a long-term target and he could be the solution. The 26-cap Argentina international certainly seems like Pochettino’s first-choice.

 

TBR’s view: It is not long ago that Dybala was considered to be one of the most exciting talents in Europe. Not much has changed since then but he has fallen down the pecking order in Turin. Juventus’ loss could be Tottenham’s long-term gain as the left-footed attacker oozes class with his versatility and eye for goal. He would be an ideal signing to turn things around for Pochettino.

Atal to fix the defence

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Pochettino also wants Atal to be a belated replacement for Kieran Trippier. Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters have failed to nail down the right-back spot, leaving Moussa Sissoko to start there against Brighton.

Atal has been with Nice since 2018, racking up 37 appearances and seven goals for the Ligue 1 side. The Algeria international, 23, can also play as a winger and he won the Africa Cup of Nations.

TBR’s view: Spurs should have sorted out a new right-back in the summer because Walker-Peters is not quite ready and Aurier has been a liability. Atal would be a risky signing given his lack of experience in European football. But he has the potential to become the perfect modern-day full-back to complement Pochettino’s style.

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