Who is Spurs target Malcom?

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino could be about to dip in to the transfer market could and at the same time beat fierce rivals Arsenal to the signing of Malcom.

An article on talkSPORT says we are leading the race to land the highly-rated 20-year-old ahead of the Gunners in a deal could be worth a potential £40million, but just who is this largely unknown Brazilian?

The article profiles the youngster who could bring some additional flair and attacking threat to Mauricio Pochettino’s side:

What’s the latest?
The Brazilian was previously linked with a move to replace Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal, however latest reports claim Tottenham are now in pole position. The deal is understood to be similar to what was done with Dele with Malcom heading back to Bordeaux for the rest of this season, however it does say nevertheless represent a great coup to bring one of the most exciting Brazilian starlets to north London

It goes on to say the 20-year-old is said to be keen on the chance to play both Premier League and Champions League football and Tottenham are hoping to wrap up a £30million initial transfer – with a further £10million in potential add-ons – before the January window shuts and the article says it’s also claimed Malcom is happy to see out the campaign in France before becoming a Spurs player in the summer.

What type of player is he?
Malcom is very technically gifted and can conjure up moments of individual brilliance. He has scored seven league goals and assisted four more during a productive start to the season. He is very comfortable playing in various positions across the forward line but does seem to prefer finishing with his left foot by cutting inside from the right flank. He also has terrific pace which would help him to quickly settle to the frantic nature of the Premier League.

How could he fit in at Tottenham?
The article goes on to describe how already boast an attractive line-up of attacking talent, but often lack that much-needed catalyst off the bench to turn a game. We don’t lack first team creative options –  with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and an in-form Heung-min Son all providing the main man Harry Kane with plenty chances to score – but with the club looking to compete for both domestic and European titles, a stronger squad is a must.

It adds that arrival of another winger would also allow Eriksen to move back into his more natural central position. Erik Lamela only just returning to fitness, so the Dane has often filled in on the right flank this term and, while he hasn’t disappointed, he is far more dangerous in the middle of the park, and would likely create even more opportunities for Kane and with the added pace on the wing, opposite the lively Son, Malcolm’s arrival could make make our front line virtually unplayable. It adds though alternatively should Pochettino decide to slowly ease him into the action, Malcom could prove devastating as an impact substitute against tiring defences.

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