Tottenham Hotspur battle Chelsea to sign OGC Nice starlet Deji Sotona
According to The Telegraph (Subscription Required), Tottenham Hotspur are set to battle Chelsea to sign former Manchester United starlet Deji Sotona from OGC Nice. He will most likely return to the Premier League, having failed to break through into the first-team setup in France.
Tottenham will however have to contend with interest in the player from Chelsea, who are keeping tabs on his progress. The Blues were interested in a transfer last summer, but the move did not come to fruition. They have retained their interest and will target him again in the upcoming transfer windows.
The 19-year-old was one of the brightest prospects at the Man United academy. He was also considered to be a “speed demon” after recording a speed of 22.9mph, beating the likes of Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Diogo Dalot in the process.
One for the future?
Primarily a left-winger, the Irishman can also play as a centre-forward, left-back or a left-wingback. The versatility would help Antonio Conte a lot should we sign in the future.
If we do sign the forward, he would likely join our youth set-up and hopefully work his way to the first team. However, we cannot rule anything out, considering how short we are on options in attack.
There is not enough depth in our frontline to support Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min when needed. The Ireland attacker’s ability to play both positions could at the very least hand Conte options.
It remains to be seen where the Nice youngster would end up as the January transfer window draws close. While his progression has reached a standstill since moving to France, he could still revive it provided he moves to the right club.
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With a bulk of the playing career ahead of him, Sotona could prove to become a key player under the guidance of the Italian manager. Conte is known for getting the best out of players and could work that same magic on the youngster. However, to do that, we would need to beat the other interested parties and reach an agreement with the player and the Ligue 1 club.