All you need to know about Marc Cucurella – the Barcelona player linked with Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

It has been reported that Jose Mourinho has prioritised rebuilding the Spurs backline when the transfer market reopens in the summer (the Express).

Left-back is one area where Spurs are in need of additions with Danny Rose’s future at the club looking uncertain (Telegraph)

Spanish radio station Cope (as relayed by transfermarkt) have linked Spurs with a move for Barcelona defender Marc Cucurella, who is enjoying an impressive season on loan at Getafe from Barcelo.

Could he be the answer to Tottenham’s problems at left-back? Here’s all you need to know about the Spaniard:

Age: 21

Club: Barcelona (current on loan at Getafe)

Nationality: Spain

Position: Left-back/left-midfielder

Playing Style: Cucurella is an extremely aggressive defender who is never shy of a challenge. However, he prefers spending more time bombing down the left flank than staying back and defending, which explains why he played in left-midfield for several occasions for Getafe this season as well as for Eibar last campaign. While he isn’t blessed with lightning pace, he is a decent dribbler and can beat his man. He also has a lovely delivery with his left foot.

Strengths: Tenacity, energy, crossing, versatility,

Weaknesses: Lack of composure in the defensive third

Highlights of His Career: While Cucurella had huge expectations on his shoulders coming through the youth ranks at Barcelona, he only made a solitary first-team appearance for the Spanish giants. However, he has developed substantially in the last two years and has displayed terrific maturity this season with Getafe.

Rumour rating: C+

Cucurella fits the profile of player Spurs usually take a gamble on and he does appear to have the talent and the desire to make it at the top. However, the jury is still out on whether he is defensively good enough for the Premier League. Given the defensive demands on the left-back in the hybrid back three/back four that Mourinho likes to employ, I am not sure Cucurella might be a perfect fit.

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