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'The difference': BBC pundit wowed by reported Spurs attacking target's World Cup display today
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'The difference': BBC pundit wowed by reported Spurs attacking target's World Cup display today

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with AC Milan’s Rafael Leao in recent months.

Back in October, Calciomercato.it claimed that Spurs are one of several clubs eyeing the Portugal international.

As well as Tottenham, the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea are apparently in pursuit of Leao too.

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On Thursday, Spurs and their competitors will have surely enjoyed watching the 23-year-old in World Cup action.

Leao came off the bench in the Group H meeting with Ghana at Stadium 974.

He scored three minutes later, with his first touch.

In the 80th minute, Leao sprung the offside trap on a Bruno Fernandes pass and fired into the far bottom corner.

The reported Tottenham target’s goal put Portugal 3-1 up, a crucial cushion as Ghana scored a second on 89 minutes.

Matthew Upson, covering the game on BBC Radio 5 Live, liked what he saw from Leao.

He described the forward’s effort as a “really composed finish” (24/11/22, 17:37).

Upson then added: “It’s just an unbelievable collapse (from Ghana).

“After how well they’ve done up to now. To concede two goals like that is so disappointing.

There was a bit more quality involved in this but Ghana lose the ball in the middle of the park again.

“And this is the difference now with Rafael Leao on the pitch. He has the ability and power to run past players.

“The pass from Bruno Fernandes is timed to perfection and it’s a really good finish with his right foot.”

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Spurs eyeing player who “has everything”

Leao has taken his game to another level over the last couple of years, leading to interest from the likes of Spurs.

He contributed to 21 goals in Serie A last year as the Rossoneri won the Scudetto.

And this season, Leao has seven goals and nine assists from 20 Milan outings in all competitions.

In January, Stefano Pioli was asked if he felt Leao can reach the heights of Kylian Mbappe, as per SempreMilan.

The Milan manager responded with another comparison, stating that the winger remains him of Thierry Henry.

“He reminds me so much of Henry,” said Pioli.

“I think he has to convince himself and work hard on his head to try to be ambitious.

“One with his means must think of reaching the top of the world, but talent isn’t enough.

“He has understood that he has to work in a certain way.”

Meanwhile, teammate Fikayo Tomori told The Athletic that Leao is ‘electric’ and ‘has everything’.

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