Tottenham Hotspur‘s search for a new right wing-back has taken an interesting twist this week…
What’s the word?
According to Spanish outlet AS, Spurs are among the teams interested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk star Dodo, who wants to leave Ukraine this summer.
The north London outfit will have to battle LaLiga giants FC Barcelona, who view the 23-year-old as ‘the next Dani Alves’ to his signature.
It still remains to be seen on how much the Brazilian would command in terms of a transfer fee, with Transfermarkt currently valuing him in the region of £18m.
Should Spurs replace Emerson this summer?
Lilywhites boss Antonio Conte has long been looking for an upgrade on the right flank. He tried to sign Adama Traore from Wolverhampton Wanderers during his first window in charge, back in January, but his efforts failed to come to fruition with the winger opting for the Nou Camp instead.
The Times also reported at the time that the Italian had little faith in his current options, particularly Emerson Royal and his impact in the final third.
Evidently, not much has changed since, barring a long-term injury to Matt Doherty.
Often, the 23-year-old, who was a summer signing under Nuno Santo, has been lambasted for his performances with former Spurs centre-back Jonathan Woodgate once describing him as “horrendous“, whilst the supporters have deemed him to be a “liability.”
During the games Shakhtar were able to complete in the league this season, Dodo managed four assists in 14 appearances, a feat that took his total tally to 22 goal contributions across 97 matches, via Transfermarkt.
That average of one goal or assist every 4.4 matches is considerably better than Emerson’s rate of once every 15.5 games.
Given the success that sporting director Fabio Paratici has had with his signings at Hotspur Way, he should be trusted with this one and given the situation over in Shakhtar, Dodo could be allowed to leave on the cheap, thus making him a bargain.
AND in other news, Alasdair Gold drops Conte contract update…