Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Kingsley Coman this January, according to emerging reports…
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Spanish publication Fichajes claim that Spurs are thinking about a move for the 34-cap French winger ahead of 2022 as they look to bolster Nuno Santo’s attacking options. Premier League rivals Liverpool and struggling Serie A giants Juventus are both also mentioned with interest in the report.
It’s thought that Coman could leave Bayern Munich at the turn of the year due to a lack of opportunities, and clearly he won’t be short of suitors.
It very much remains to be seen how much the 25-year-old attacker would command, with CIES Football Observatory currently valuing him at €50m (£43m).
After recording three straight 1-0 victories to kickstart the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, Spurs have hit a brick wall in what has been a very disappointing week.
Nuno’s side have been beaten 3-0 in back-to-back Premier League matches and had to come from behind to salvage a point in their UEFA Europa Conference League group opener against Rennes.
Their lack of creativity and chance creation has duly been highlighted massively.
As per The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, Spurs have recorded the lowest expected goals (xG) of any top-flight team this season, with a total of 4.42, which is lower than teams in the bottom three, such as Burnley (6.05) and Newcastle United (5.54).
Spurs have also had the second-fewest shots (46, an average of 9.2 per game) and created the joint-fewest number of big chances (two).
The potential arrival of Coman could go to great lengths in solving this major issue this January – he has stepped up admirably to fill the voids left behind by Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the Allianz Arena.
Last season, the French dynamo registered eight goals and 12 assists in just 36 appearances across the Bundesliga and Champions League, via WhoScored.
Whilst a career average of two key passes per 90 minutes further highlights his ability to create big chances for his team – that’s the same number Spurs have managed all season, which is rather damning.
“We know that Kingsley has extraordinary skills that aren’t easy to find,” explained Bayern teammate Thomas Muller to Bundesliga.com. “If he puts his foot down on the gas – and he has incredible horsepower – every opponent has a tough time against him. He worked the left flank well. He’s always been fleet-footed. If he can now add chances that lead to goals then he is solid gold to us.”
That sort of skill set is exactly what the Portuguese head coach needs in his attack this season, so sporting director Fabio Paratici must work his magic to secure a player that he once landed for Juventus back in 2014.