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Spurs should look at Premier League surprise package who ‘sets the tone’ to partner Hojbjerg – TBR View

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Spurs should look at Premier League surprise package who ‘sets the tone’ to partner Hojbjerg – TBR View

Tottenham Hotspur currently have a top midfield enforcer in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

However, but there’s certainly scope for Spurs to find another player who could either partner him or deputise for him in front of the back four.

Further down the Premier League table, there’s a player who has been doing superbly for his club and has stood out despite their relegation troubles.

Indeed, some fans think he’d have helped them survive comfortably in the league this season had he joined at the start of the campaign.

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That player is Okay Yokuslu, who has hit the ground running at West Bromwich Albion since joining on loan from Celta Vigo in February.

The 27-year-old has made just 12 appearances for the Baggies, but he’s made such an impact that he’s quickly become one of their most important players and a fan favourite.

Stats-wise, Yokuslu has registered 2.5 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and 2.2 clearances per Premier League match, as well as one shot, 0.5 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game.

He also boasts a passing percentage of 81.3 from an average of 34.3 passes per PL match, as per Whoscored.

 

Yokuslu is definitely a big-game player, putting in some absolutely immense performances against the likes of Chelsea, helping West Brom to a 5-2 win at Stamford Bridge.

Whoscored rated the Turkey international 7.94 for his display in that game, and in his country’s victories against the Netherlands and Norway, he was given 7.23 and 7.09 respectively.

In April, The Athletic wrote: “Yokuslu’s presence as a protector of Allardyce’s back four has enabled other members of the squad to perform at a higher level than before.

“Conor Gallagher has been freed to use his energy, athleticism and attacking instincts with a little less concern about defensive duties with Yokuslu mopping up behind him.”

And his efforts have earned him widespread praise amongst the Albion faithful, with club icon Nigel Quashie tweeting the following back in February:

Sam Allardyce even said he was “not far off” from Ivan Campo and Fernando Hierro – the Real Madrid icons who joined Bolton back in the 2000s – in terms of quality.

“If I’m talking about him in the same light as them, it’s a big compliment for him,” he told the Express & Star.

“Hopefully, we’ll see him opening up defences more from that position and giving players the freedom to release themselves and the opportunity to attack because he finds them with the right pass.”

Now, the important bit – Yokuslu’s availability and price.

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In terms of the former, Celta Vigo benched him on a number of occasions in the first half of the season and were happy to send him out on loan, so that suggests he’s not really in their plans.

And with West Brom all-but relegated to the Championship, it’s unlikely he’ll follow them in the second tier when he’s proven he’s more than capable of shining in the top flight.

Yokuslu’s contract runs until the summer of 2023, so Celta’s hand would be fairly strong in negotiations.

And in terms of his price tag, Transfermarkt has him down as £4.5million, but given how well he’s done in the Premier League, you’d think Celta may look to increase the price, particularly if a bidding war breaks out.

Nonetheless, all adds up to a superbly talented and hard-working player who has what it takes to shine in the Premier League and most likely won’t break the bank – so Spurs really should take a look at him.

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