Alan Shearer has praised Arnaut Danjuma for the performance he delivered on his Tottenham debut and praised the forward for demanding the ball from his teammates in front of goal.
Danjuma became Tottenham’s first signing of the January window, with the North London club announcing last Wednesday that he had joined on loan from Villarreal.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Spurs have the option to sign the 25-year-old permanently for €30m (£26.4m) in the summer.
The 25-year-old will have his work cut out if he is to get regular minutes at Spurs as he will be competing with the likes of Richarlison and Son for a place in the side.
Danjuma’s time at the club has certainly started on a perfect note as he came off the bench for his debut in the FA Cup fourth-round clash against Preston North End and found the back of the net in the dying stages of the game to help the Lilywhites add gloss to the scoreline.
Shearer admitted that he was quite impressed with the forward’s 20-minute cameo at the Deepdale Stadium.
The Newcastle legend told BBC One (28/1/23 – 19:45): “Wonderful start for Danjuma. Started really well. Made a few interesting and good runs then gets his reward with the goal.
“Spurs worked it well again with the ball. Just about getting the connection. Not the best strike but he won’t care because he got it in the corner.
“Danjuma is complaining to everyone. Screaming at them to pass him the ball. On his debut, as he should. Good player.”
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While Danjuma is unlikely to establish himself in Tottenham’s starting eleven, he showed enough signs on Saturday to suggest that he will be a useful weapon to bring on from the bench for Antonio Conte. As Shearer points out, it was also evident from the runs he was making and the way he was demanding the ball that he has a hunger for goals.
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