Tottenham beating the deadline to sign this 23-year-old African star would be an outstanding move by Pochettino

Why Tottenham should sign Youcef Atal before the deadline

According to a report in DZ Football, Tottenham are keeping tabs on Nice defender Youcef Atal to make a possible move before the Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Atal played for Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations and he broke his collarbone during the quarter-final clash against Ivory Coast. But the right-back is expected to be back soon.

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The 23-year-old was one of the stars for Algeria in that tournament until the injury took place. Club-wise, he plies his trade for French side Nice, a club he joined last summer.

On the other hand, with Spurs selling Kieran Trippier and not buying a replacement yet, they could fall short in that department for the upcoming season. Here’s why they should not hesitate to fork out the cash to sign Atal before the deadline:

Atal could be the ideal Trippier replacement

Youcef Atal is high-quality right-back, who can also operate on the other side. He can play as a wide midfielder or as a wing-back if required by the team.

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During the course of the 18/19 season with Nice, the 23-year-old was used in each of the above-mentioned positions apart from left-back. He appeared in 29 league games, scoriing six goals and supplying one assist.

In terms of his attributes, Atal is an incredibly fast player, who doesn’t seem to break a sweat while making runs up and down the field. He is a good dribbler of the ball and can put dangerous crosses into the box from wide areas.

In addition, he is also a good defender in one-on-one situations while playing as a full-back.

Furthermore, the Algeria international is physically strong on/off the ball, meaning he is not easy to shrug off.

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Spurs should really not waste to make him their player before the transfer deadline. Despite the player’s injury, he has the quality to pick up the pace and replace Trippier.

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Conclusion

Thus, we can conclude by saying that Mauricio Pochettino’s men must sign Youcef Atal. He would not only be a great option at right-back but would also help them in other areas of the field.

Spurs could well challenge for a top-two finish with him in the squad.

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Written by Mizgan Masani

A football enthusiast, who loves to analyse the game in depth. Following various leagues and knowing about the playing styles of different managers intrigues me to the core.
Other than that, I am an Electronics Engineer!

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