Former Wigan full-back Kevin Kilbane has identified Tottenham target Weston McKennie as the player to watch out for from the United States side at the World Cup.

McKennie, who has found game time hard to come by under Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus this season, has been mooted as a target for Tottenham in January (Calciomercato).


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Il Bianconero suggested last month that Juve may be open to selling the 24-year-old amidst interest from Spurs as they need to raise funds to make moves for their own transfer targets.

Tottenham’s interest in the former Schalke man was also backed up by TuttoMercatoWeb, who claimed last week that Allegri is ready to hand more game time to academy midfielders, Fabio Miretti and Nicolo Fagioli, so McKennie is this considered to be surplus to requirements.

The report added that Spurs have ‘liked’ the midfielder for a long time and that Fabio Paratici could look to reunite with the player in January.

Kilbane has now described McKennie as a ‘powerhouse’ but the pundit suggested that the Tottenham target can sometimes be sloppy on the ball.

The former Republic of Ireland international told Off the Ball: “I don’t see the USA at maybe where they see themselves at. McKennie, who plays at Juventus, I quite like him. I think he is a bit of a powerhouse.

“But, at times, he is sloppy in possession. He’s more of a runner from midfield that can arrive in the penalty area and score a goal. Playing in the US side, he has to play a little deeper.”

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McKennie is certainly physically strong and also possesses a fantastic engine. The American strikes me as a typical Conte player, given the work-rate and tactical discipline that the Italian expects of his midfielders. I would not be surprised at all if Spurs pushed ahead with a move for the 24-year-old in January.

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