The chief scout at Udinese, Andrea Carnevale, has been speaking to Corriere dello Sport (30/11/22 relayed by Sport Witness) about the work he does with the Serie A club, heaping praise on Destiny Udogie.
The 19-year-old signed for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer for an initial fee of £15 million (Sky Sports), before being loaned back to Udinese for the season.
Udogie has enjoyed a promising start to the campaign, too, registering two goals and an assist in his 12 appearances so far (Transfermarkt).
The highly-rated left wing-back also made the final 20-man shortlist for the Golden Boy award this year (The Athletic) and there are high hopes for the Italian youngster when he finally arrives in North London.
Unfortunately, we will have to wait for next season to see Udogie in action for Spurs, as the finer details of his loan agreement stipulate he cannot be recalled by Tottenham before the end of the season Messaggero Veneto (24/11/22 as relayed by Sport Witness).
With Udogie touted to be a real star for Spurs, it’s interesting to learn what Udinese scouts first saw in him when they decided to sign him from Verona, and how they manage to find players like this.
Carnevale told Corriere dello Sport: “There is a large scouting network, it is much more difficult to work with Udinese than with Roma or Inter. We do an excellent job, we go to get strangers who in two or three years become first-class players.”
The success of the process at Udinese is clear to see, as Carnevale lists the players who have gone on to great things: “Molina, De Paul, Udogie are the latest examples. Udogie will leave us in six months, he will go to Tottenham.”
On Udogie, he adds, “He’s 19 years old, a precocious boy, he only played seven matches for Verona, they were enough for us to understand that he had quality. Great physique.”
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I am so excited to see Destiny Udogie at Tottenham. He has been outstanding in Italy and appears to have all the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League. You’d think he was the perfect fit for an Antonio Conte system, too, so hopefully he gets given a good chance next season.
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