Tottenham unlikely to sign 22 y/o with five assists in eight games despite report [Opinion]

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Tottenham Hotspur have Heung-min Son, Ryan Sessegnon, Steven Bergwijn, Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura who can operate out wide, but TEAMtalk say they’re on the hunt for another option – Isaiah Jones. The 22-year-old is a product of Middlesbrough’s academy and looks to have a bright future after an impressive breakthrough campaign.

Jones scored four goals and made two assists in 22 games for the U23s before making the step-up to the first-team. He’s gone on to make 34 appearances at senior level for Boro, scoring one goal with nine assists. Jones boasts five assists in his last eight games, so it’s easy to see why Tottenham may pay attention. They’re not the only suitor either.

TEAMtalk say Atletico Madrid, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Olympique Lyonnais and AS Roma are interested in Jones, while Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, West Ham United and Wolverhampton have all scouted him this year. It remains to be seen how much he’d cost, but Middlesbrough are asking for £12m for their other hot prospect Djed Spence, so might Jones be a similar price?

If the 22-year-old did arrive in North London this summer with the intention of playing first-team football next season, Antonio Conte would likely have to sell one or two existing players. Sessegnon has been short of form, fitness and playing time, so he might be on the chopping block. Bergwijn has also spent large parts of 2021/22 on the periphery, so he could be another.

Not only is there a lot of competition, Tottenham are expecting Bryan Gil back from his loan spell this summer too, so Jones would have more players standing in his way of getting opportunities. TEAMtalk’s report doesn’t say Spurs have made an official approach for the Middlesbrough forward either, so time will tell if their interest materalises into anything.

Summary

Jones is a talented young player, but Tottenham have enough in his position. He doesn’t improve their squad just yet either, so Conte is better off looking for a striker rather than another wide-man.