Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal lock horns for wantaway Juventus star Adrien Rabiot
Spurs could use a midfielder like Rabiot in their team – one who has the experience of playing at the very top level at club and international level. He is an able player at both ends of the pitch.
That profile suits the system that manager Antonio Conte deploys. The double pivot in his midfield – usually made of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancurr – are required to do considerable work off the ball to aid their defence.
As the Denmark international’s goal against Brentford in the 2-2 Boxing Day draw proved, they are also getting more adventurous with time when it comes to helping out in attack. Rabiot has played as a central midfielder for France, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
These are three of the best football teams in the world in recent years, which shows he has what it takes to play at the highest level. The 27-year-old is also of an age where he isn’t expected to decline physically, and hence, can give us a number of years of service.
We must beat Arsenal
Rabiot is on a contract that expires at the end of the season (Transfermarkt). Signing a player of his quality in the centre of park would be a tasty prospect for some of the top teams, Spurs included.
We have to ensure that we are not beaten to the punch by any other team, least of all Arsenal. The Gunners, apart from being our fiercest rival in England, are also a direct competitor for a top-four place and silverware.
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Them signing Rabiot would be manager Mikel Arteta strengthening his team at our direct expense. The Juventus midfielder, who has five goals and two assists in 16 games for the Old Lady this season, is also supposedly not keen to renew his contract at the Allianz Stadium.