According to UEFA, Tottenham Hotspur youngster Destiny Udogie has been earmarked as one of 40 young players to watch out for in 2023.
Tottenham signed Udogie from Udinese in the summer for an initial £15m before loaning him back to the Italian side for the 2022/23 season (Sky Sports).
Despite only just turning 20 back in November, Udogie was a prominent member of the Udinese squad last season, racking up five goals and three assists in 37 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
What was a strong start to the current campaign has been derailed slightly by injury issues for the young wing-back, limiting Udogie to just 12 appearances so far this term, with two goals and an assist to his name (Transfermarkt).
Udogie has certainly caught the eye over the last 12 months and this recognition from UEFA is not the first list the Italian has found himself on recently. Back in October, Udogie was named in the top 20 shortlist for the Golden Boy award (via The Athletic).
In their rundown of the list of 40 young stars to watch in 2023, UEFA said this on Udogie: “Five goals from wing-back in 35 Serie A outings in his first campaign for Udinese persuaded Spurs to get a jump on the competition for his signature. Loaned back to Udinese, he continues to maraud from box to box and has thrived in Italy’s U21 side.”
Other notable inclusions are Anthony Gordon of Everton, Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United, Piero Hincapie of Bayer Leverkusen, and Nicola Zalewski of Roma.
Spurs Web Opinion
Destiny Udogie is definitely one of the most exciting talents we have at Tottenham Hotspur right now, and I cannot wait for him to actually join up with the squad and show what he can do. Hopefully, he can become an understudy to Ivan Perisic next season and learn everything the Croatian has to offer.
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