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“Next year I will focus on Tottenham”- Teenage defender says he is following Spurs’ games ahead of 2023 move

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Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie says he is following Tottenham Hotspur’s games to learn their style

Tottenham Hotspur signed 19-year-old left-back Destiny Udogie from Udinese this summer for a fee of £15million before loaning him back to the Black and White club for a season.

It was clear that this step was taken to ensure that Spurs reserve his services and avoid any potential competition in the future. It also safeguarded Tottenham from a price hike in case the Italian went on to have another good season in Serie A.

Currently, he is playing regularly for the Udine-based club under manager Andrea Sottil. He has two goals and one assist in 12 games across competitions this season.

Iyenoma Destiny Udogie of Italy U21 in action against Japan U21.
Iyenoma Destiny Udogie of Italy U21 in action against Japan U21. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

It was evident that he may not become a regular starter for us in this campaign. Despite Sergio Reguilon’s loan departure to Atletico Madrid, we still have Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon, and Ben Davies to play in that position.

Udogie could be a star in the making for Tottenham

It’s best for the youngster to learn his trade for another year in Italy and come to N17 an even better player. However, he says that being in Italy hasn’t stopped him from following his parent club.

He apparently watches Spurs’ games in a bid to learn out methods, tactics, and system. Speaking in an interview (h/t Fabrizio Romano), he said:

“I’m following Tottenham games to see their style, ideas and how they play. Premier League is the hardest league in the world, I love it. Prepared to leave in 2023? I’m now 100% focused on Udinese. Next year I will focus on Tottenham, not now.”

The Italy U21 international would have noted that Conte likes his left-backs to attack high up the pitch – which is why we have two attack-minded players in Perisic and Sessegnon sharing playing time down that flank.

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Those who have seen Udogie play know all about his marauding runs and the potential he has to develop into a very fine attacking left-wing-back. Let’s hope that he comes to Spurs at the end of the season ready to give Sess and Perisic a run for their money.

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