Pundit claims Tottenham scout’s presence may have played a part in striker’s off-day

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Turkish publication Takvim Sport (as translated by Sport Witness) reported earlier in the month that Tottenham sent their scouts to watch Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi in action for Kosovo in their Euro 2020 qualifier against England.

Muriqi got on the scoresheet from the penalty spot as Kosovo went down 5-3 to the Three Lions in Southampton last week and the Daily Mail claimed that Spurs’ head scout Steve Hitchen was left impressed with the 25-year-old’s performance in the game.

Former Turkey international Ridvan Dilmen has now suggested that Tottenham’s scouts were once again present at Fenerbahce’s away game against Super Lig leaders Alanyaspor to watch Muriqi in action.

Fenerbahce lost the game 3-1 and Dilmen claimed the striker’s failure to perform to his usual standard could be because he knew there was a Spurs scout present at the game.

Speaking to NTV (as relayed by Sport Witness), Dilmen said, “Vedat did okay but it wasn’t his best game for Fenerbahce. Tottenham sent a scout to Alanya to watch him in action today. I think that might have played a part in his indifferent performance.”

Manchester United are also said to be tracking the striker with a view of making a potential bid in the future (the Express).

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Muriqi’s hold up play certainly looks fantastic and his goal-scoring record isn’t that bad either. For a guy of his size, he also seems to be pretty mobile. However, the step up from the Turkish league to the Premier League is quite considerable and so it is hard to tell if he will be able to make the step.

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