Fabrizio Romano explains why Tottenham jumped the gun with Destiny Udogie transfer
Spurs wanted to pounce on the 19-year-old before other teams could make their move for a transfer next summer. The Lilywhites announced him as their seventh signing in the latest transfer window for a fee that could rise to €20million.
The Italy U21 international will join Spurs next season as he has rejoined Udinese on loan for the current campaign. He has had a remarkable start, scoring two goals in four league appearances so far.
This included a goal in Udinese’s latest 4-0 hammering of Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma, where Udogie played almost as a left-sided midfielder. That is the position manager Antonio Conte would want him to play in at Spurs as well.
Udogie is a smart buy by Spurs
The experienced Ivan Perisic, at 33, isn’t going to keep playing forever while Ben Davies has been deployed as a left-sided centre-half. Virtually, Ryan Sessegnon is the only player capable of realistically competing with Udogie for that spot in the long run.
The pathway to greatness is already laid out for Udogie and all he has to do is keep his head down and continue to work on his game. The teenager can improve by playing under a world-class coach like Conte.
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It is also smart from our side to wrap up a deal for him early on and sit back and relax. Otherwise, if Udogie goes on to have another good season, then there could have been fierce competition next summer.