‘Slow’: Nation’s media unimpressed by £26m player Tottenham want to sign at the World Cup yesterday
Tottenham have brought in two midfielders under Antonio Conte already, with Rodrigo Bentancur joining in January while Yves Bissouma made the switch to north London over the summer.
But Spurs have been linked with a move to McKennie over the past two transfer windows, with Fabio Paratici being the man who was responsible for bringing the 24-year-old to Juventus.
McKennie has just suffered heartbreak at the World Cup with the USMNT after losing 3-1 to Holland yesterday.
The loss saw Gregg Berhalter’s side exit the tournament at the last-16 stage and the USA’s media criticised McKennie for his display.
USA media on McKennie
Goal handed McKennie a five out of 10 rating for his display from midfield and said he looked off the pace against Louis van Gaal’s side.
The outlet wrote: “Just looked a step slow. USMNT needed the McKennie we saw against England and just didn’t get him.”
MLS Soccer were slightly more damning in their verdict of McKennie’s performance and gave him a four out of ten.
“Weston came into the World Cup with an injury and that certainly slowed him down. It wasn’t a good performance with four games in 13 days,” they said.
“However, Weston has been among the best US players the last few years and has played very well at Juventus for long stretches. He’ll be a big part of things for 2026.”
Much was made of USMNT’s threat in midfield before the game, with McKennie, Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah impressing during the group stage.
But Pro Soccer Wire felt Holland completely stifled their midfield-three yesterday.
The outlet handed McKennie a 5.5 rating but felt he enjoyed a decent spell before being substituted in the second-half.
They said: “McKennie didn’t have the glaring mistake on his record that Adams and Musah had, but he did largely suffer from the same broader issue: fatigue. McKennie just never really exerted much influence on this game. He was largely okay on both sides of the ball, but the USMNT needs him to be better than that to really thrive.
“There was a brief spell early in the second half where the real McKennie popped up, and all of a sudden he was a major threat. All of his shots and key passes came inside the first 10 minutes coming out of the break, but the exertion that required seemed to sap the last bit of gas in his tank.
“The choice from van Gaal to man-mark in the midfield was extremely smart, because it takes more energy to overcome, and the USMNT just didn’t have it due to overreliance on the MMA trio.”
McKennie didn’t enjoy his best game yesterday but that was largely down to Holland’s game-plan.
The Juve man put in a brilliant display against England last week and can hold his head high after enjoying a decent tournament.
He was ruled out with a muscle injury in early November and did exceedingly well to get himself back to full fitness for the tournament.
McKennie would undoubtedly be a good addition to Spurs’ midfield, with Calciomercato reporting last week that Juve will demand around £26 million.
But he seems to be a similar profile to the midfielders Conte already has at his disposal. Tottenham may be better off going for a more creative midfielder, unless they are planning to move one of their current options on.