Forget Bentancur: Spurs goal who’s a £15m “special talent” stole the present in Qatar – opinion
Neither have been capable of come up trumps with a much-needed victory in Group H, leaving their probabilities of making the knockout levels trying slightly slim heading into the ultimate matchday.
Portugal have been maybe a bit of lucky to edge their well past Uruguay, while South Korea have been surprised by Ghana in what was a five-goal thriller.
People who have been a bit of extra eagle-eyed would have seen one among Spurs’ mooted switch targets put in one of many performances of the week – not solely did Black Stars sensation Mohammed Kudus discover the online twice however he put in an all-encompassing show that ought to have Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte purring.
The Italian duo are thought to be eager to bolster the frontline within the January switch window and the Ajax teen is among the many potential choices, with Calciomercato (through Sport Witness) even suggesting that he could be scouted in Qatar.
Kudus is within the midst of an rising season for the Eredivisie giants, the place he has scored ten objectives and laid on two assists throughout all competitions – together with efforts in opposition to Liverpool and Serie A leaders Napoli within the Champions League.
The 22-year-old has continued that wonderful kind into the World Cup. After being one among Ghana’s principal vivid sparks within the 3-2 defeat to A Seleção, Kudus netted two necessary efforts in opposition to Son and co to all however ship them residence.
Deployed out huge, slightly than by way of the center or upfront like for his home facet, Kudus was a relentless thorn in Paulo Bento’s facet as he supplied the Black Stars a dynamic outlet from midfield, the place he was capable of arrive late contained in the field and wreak havoc.
The spectacular Ajax starlet deftly headed residence Jordan Ayew’s deep cross and bagged the match-winner by firing a superb effort previous the goalkeeper simply earlier than the seventieth minute.
As per FBref, Kudus additionally registered a 100% sort out success charge from his two makes an attempt – a feat solely bettered by Ayew – and registered one interception and one block, which means that he was a bundle of power alongside the flank and did something to assist his facet over the road. His ten recoveries have been double that of some other Ghana participant and his three dribbling makes an attempt additional hints at his endeavours within the closing third.
The versatile machine, considered value round £15m, was like a sniper along with his passing at short-to-medium vary as he misplaced simply one among 13 makes an attempt. It was his balls over 30 yards that allow down his passing accuracy however as a probable ahead choice for Conte in north London, that received’t matter in any respect.
It’s maybe little shock to have seen the FIFA Man of the Match dubbed a “special talent” prior to now by Opta analyst Owuraku Ampofo, while over in Qatar, journalist Rahman Osman claimed he was one of many stars of the event “alongside [Jude] Bellingham and [Jamal] Musiala.”
Forget about Bentancur, it was Kudus who stole the present this week and that ought to have Paratici desperate to get out the chequebook heading into January. His apparent capacity to play wherever behind the striker, in addition to upfront, could be an enormous profit to Spurs and Conte in what might be a difficult few months with lots at stake.
His price ticket might have risen nicely past that £15m now however he would absolutely be value each penny.
AND in different information, Sky Sports activities journo claims £34m-rated “rare talent” is “someone Spurs might look at” in 2023…