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Who is Porto’s Ricardo Pereira, the £22m target Tottenham want to replace Kyle Walker?

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Who is Porto’s Ricardo Pereira, the £22m target Tottenham want to replace Kyle Walker?

After the £50 million sale of Kyle Walker was confirmed on Friday, the London Evening Standard say that Tottenham are targeting Porto right sided player Ricardo Pereira as a replacement. They say that Spurs are preparing to go head to head with Juventus to compete for their target.

Who is he?

23-year-old Pereira can play anywhere along the right, having spent most of his career as a winger before also being deployed as a full back at times in the last few seasons, also being given game time on the left hand side. He has two caps to his name for the Portuguese national team.

Where has he been?

Pereira had spells at both Benfica and Sporting Lisbon as a youth player but eventually made his first team breakthrough with Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese top flight. That earned him a move to Porto and he initially struggled for game time, playing as regularly for the club’s B team as for the first team. That led to the decision in 2015 to loan him out to Ligue Un side OGC Nice, where he has spent the last two seasons impressing in France.

What’s his style of play?

 

At full-back, Pereira can be compared to the likes of Marcos Alonso for his attacking intent and quick passing and movement on the flank. He looks to play short passes and use his pace to get past defenders, always looking to get forward whenever possible.

Strong in the tackle and surprisingly good in the air considering he is not the tallest of defenders, he is also defensively sound and has shown in France that he has the quality to handle some top class wingers.

Could he replace Kyle Walker?

He won’t be as high a quality option as Walker to start with, but he has bags of potential and will only improve alongside Kieran Trippier. With his strength and pace, he has the attributes to be just as good as the man who became the world’s most expensive defender.

Featured Image: All rights reserved by Kyle Lewis.

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