Former Tottenham Hotspur player Clint Dempsey has praised his compatriot Weston McKennie and revealed exactly what the Spurs target brings to the midfield.
The Juventus midfielder scored for the Italian side as they crashed out of the Champions League earlier this week, taking his goal tally to three for this season (Transfermarkt).
McKennie isn’t renowned for his goalscoring though, considered as more of a combative, deep-lying playmaker. The 24-year-old is strong, has great vision, and bundles of energy; attributes which make him an attractive prospect for Spurs boss Antonio Conte.
Spurs have been linked with McKennie in the past, and those rumours are surfacing again and picking up momentum too. Calciomercato reported earlier this month that Fabio Paratici was keeping an eye on McKennie with a view to a move in January.
Tuttosport (24/10/22 – as relayed by Calciomercato.it) reckon it will cost the North London club €30m (£26.1m) to prise him away from Turin, but Clint Dempsey clearly thinks McKennie is worth signing.
Appearing on CBS Sports on Paramount+ (25/10/22 at 10:40 pm), Dempsey said: “Great to see (McKennie score in the Champions League), he is someone that brings fire to that midfield.
“They put a good cross in, his teammate beats his opponent down the line, it came out, deflection, he is there, hungry in the box.
“What I like about Weston is that he always plays with confidence. He is someone that doesn’t play with fear. He has scored quite a few goals this year in the Champions League, I know he has at least two already.
“And we have a solid midfield in the US team, with him, Musah and Tyler Adams, I think it’s one of the best midfields we have had in a while – Weston is someone who leads by example.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I’m not entirely sure we need more central midfielders as that area is perhaps one of our strongest, but Weston McKennie is certainly a player of real quality who would improve our squad nonetheless. I’d rather see other positions strengthened first, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to bringing McKennie in.
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