Spurs reportedly want £25.5m ace who plays like Frank Lampard, fans should be thrilled - TBR View
Spurs have reportedly rekindled their interest in Weston McKennie, according to Calciomercato.
Tottenham were heavily linked with the Juventus midfielder in the summer transfer window.
In August, Tuttomercatoweb claimed Spurs were really keen on signing McKennie.
The outlet reported that Tottenham were looking at the possibility of a swap deal featuring Moussa Sissoko.
McKennie ended up staying put at Juve, but under Massimiliano Allegri, he is no longer a regular starter.
The 23-year-old has only started four of his side’s nine games so far, completing 90 minutes just twice for the Old Lady.
And Calciomercato now claims Juve could potentially be open to letting McKennie leave in January, with Spurs and West Ham seemingly keen.
Spurs fans should be thrilled about the prospect of signing the United States international, as he’s such a great prospect.
Spurs target McKennie – the story so far
McKennie was born in the United States but lived in Kaiserslautern, Germany from age six to nine.
His father, a United States Air Force officer, was stationed at nearby Ramstein Air Base.
McKennie played for local club FC Phönix Otterbach in 2004 before moving back to the United States.
He then played for Major League Soccer side FC Dallas for seven years from 2009 to 2016, before moving to Schalke.
McKennie made his senior breakthrough at the Gelsenkirchen club and made 91 competitive appearances.
In 2020, he joined Juventus on a loan deal with an option to buy for an initial £18.5million, which the Italians took up in March this year.
McKennie has made 53 appearances for Juve and has also won 25 caps for the United States.
McKennie’s style of play and player comparisons
So, why should Spurs fans be buzzing about renewed links with McKennie?
Tottenham have had their fair share of struggles in midfield this season and could really do with bolstering their ranks there.
McKennie is a young player of the highest calibre, who looked a cut above in the Bundesliga and has also done well playing for one of the biggest clubs in Serie A.
Former Schalke boss David Wagner said in 2019 that he thought McKennie could become one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga.
Now seemingly at risk of being out of favour under Allegri, this potentially means Juve might be open to selling him.
His reported price tag isn’t especially high either – Fabrizio Romano claimed in August that Juve would consider “important bids” of around 25million to 30million Euro (£21.3million to £25.5million).
Furthermore, McKennie is very versatile – as per the Bundesliga website, Schalke deployed him as a full-back, centre-back, attacking midfielder and even striker at various times during his time at the club.
That said, he is very much at his best as a box-to-box midfielder.
“I see him as a central midfielder who can win balls but can also get into the opposition penalty box,” USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter told Fox Sports – via the Bundesliga website – in January 2019.
“When I watch him play he’s very aggressive with runs in the box and he has the physical capacity to win balls back so I really like his skillset and I see him mostly as a central midfielder.”
In recent months, McKennie has also been compared to some top midfielders past and present, as seen below:
That McKennie energy reminds me of Clint, that’s something we’ve been sorely missing.— Paul Kearney (@p_kearney92) June 7, 2021
Weston McKennie reminds me of Vidal when he first came to us. Hope I’m not overhyping him but he looks good— Danny Watters (@DWatters96) January 24, 2021
Weston Mckennie is a different class. Top box to box midfielder, reminds me of a certain Frank Lampard…— Anderson Calderon (@AndersonSCal) June 7, 2021
I really like Mckennie. He’s so solid, in both phases.— O O (@otoiks) December 13, 2020
Reminds me of Edgar Davids.
McKennie has been superb for Juve, really good player. Reminds me of Essien.— Ahead of the Curve (@mediocentr0) December 9, 2020
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