Tottenham won’t sign £42m left-back with 35 chances and 139 crosses despite report [Opinion]

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Tottenham Hotspur aren’t short of left-backs with Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies at their disposal, but Calciomercato say they’re interested in Angelino. The 25-year-old joined RB Leipzig on a permanent deal over the summer and has impressed enough in his debut season to attract interest from clubs abroad.

Angelino initially joined Leipzig on loan from Manchester City in January 2020 and went on to make 55 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals with 16 assists. He spent 18 months at the Red Bull Arena before signing a four year deal ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and has gone on to make 29 appearances across the board, scoring one goal with eight assists.

The uncapped Spaniard has made 19 Bundesliga appearances this season, scoring one goal, making three assists, creating 35 chances, whipping in 139 crosses, blocking 24 shots/passes/crosses, making 24 clearances, committing only one foul every 120 minutes, being dribbled past once every 111 minutes and averaging a tackle (15) or interception (19) every 46 minutes.

Angelino is having a great season under Domenico Tedesco and was the subject of interest in January, but RB Leipzig have requested €50m (£42m) for his signature. Only once have Tottenham spent more than £38m on a player (Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyonnais in 2019), so it’s hard to see them shelling out so much for a left-back.

Angelino coming to North London would also mean an existing player would have to leave, as Spurs aren’t going to pay large sums for defenders to sit on the bench. Reguilon has been linked with a return to Real Madrid while Davies has operated a left-sided centre-back, so there might be a void to fill this summer.

Summary

Angelino is a good left-back who would improve the Tottenham squad, but he’s not affordable and would have immediate competition for a starting place. Signing the 25-year-old makes little sense.