Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham ahead of the January transfer window, has been given an extremely low rating for his performance in USA’s World Cup opener against Wales.

The speculation linking McKennie with a move to Spurs in January has gone into hyperdrive over the past weeks, with multiple Italian publications backing Antonio Conte’s men to make a move for the midfielder (Calciomercato).


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Il Bianconero suggested last month that Juve may be open to selling the 24-year-old amidst interest from Spurs as they need to raise funds to make moves for their own transfer targets.

Meanwhile, TuttoMercatoWeb claimed last week that the Lilywhites have ‘liked’ the midfielder for a long time and that Fabio Paratici is keen to reunite with the player in January.

McKennie is arguably the United States’ most important player with the likes of Brad Freidel suggesting that the nation’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages, depend, to a large extent, on the Juve star’s displays (Tottenham’s official website).

However, the rumoured Spurs target had a lacklustre start to the tournament in Qatar as the USA were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales on Monday.

CBS Sports gave McKennie a rating of just 5/10 and wrote about his performance: “It wasn’t McKennie’s best performance as an early card limited how aggressive he could be in attack. His passing wasn’t at his best, and he never really got all that involved in the attack. A performance like this should only fuel him though.”

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McKennie was not at his best against Wales but it is worth noting that he is lacking in match sharpness, having struggled to get regular game time for Juve in the first part of the campaign. 

He was visibly rusty on Monday but perhaps we would see more from the 24-year-old against England and Iran now that he has had more than an hour of game time under his belt.

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