Udinese manager Andrea Sottil tells Tottenham loanee Destiny Udogie where he can improve
Udinese manager Andrea Sottil looks like the man who will guide Destiny Udogie for a few more months before the Italian full-back returns to Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Spurs agreed to pay an initial fee of 15million Pounds to sign Udogie from the Black and White last summer and then loaned him back to the Serie A side for the following season. He has been a regular in their starting XI since.
He has scored two goals and provided as many assists in 14 games across competitions so far this season. The 20-year-old, of course, still has a long way to go before he hits his peak.
Those who have seen him would know the raw talent he possesses to become a good attacking full-back down the left-hand side. That is perhaps the reason why we went for him, considering manager Antonio Conte’s system that uses attacking wing-backs.
However, Sottil, while praising the youngster, has also given him a piece of advice on where he can improve. Speaking at a press conference (h/t TuttoMercatoWeb) [Translated to English] after his team’s 1-0 Serie A loss against Juventus, Sottil said:
“He is extraordinary, he has to take care of the defensive phase and sometimes try to put fast balls in the middle without touching the ball too many times.”
“Today he had a limited playing time, it must be managed because he had a delicate injury. We recovered him for tonight with a reduced playing time, but he has grown a lot .”
Luckily for him, Conte is a renowned defensive coach known for setting up a solid defensive foundation at whichever club he manages. The problem here would be the Italian coach’s contract situation.
The former Juventus and Chelsea manager has just six months on his contract at N17. Hopefully, he is there next season to guide Udogie and more importantly, carry on the project he started when he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm.
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Another issue for Spurs and Udogie could be Sergio Reguilon. It is hard to understand where the on-loan Atletico Madrid left-back would fit in once he returns to Tottenham from Los Colchoneros, considering we already have Ryan Sessegnon and Ivan Perisic.