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Spurs Eye ‘prodigy’ Who Could Be Their Next Modric

It’s been a Premier League season full of ups and downs for Tottenham Hotspur football club this year and although they failed to secure the final Champions League spot, the future looks bright.

Ange Postecoglou has instilled a new attacking spirit into the team and with the right additions in the summer they could go one step further next year.

Several players could be replaced in the coming months and surprisingly one of them could be Rodrigo Bentancur, as the latest star touted for a move to N17 could end up being the Lilywhites’ next Luka Modrić.

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According to a recent report by respected journalist Graeme Bailey, Tottenham is one of several clubs Interested in LOSC Lille star Angel Gomes.

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The journalist revealed that in addition to the Lilywhites, the player’s former clubs Manchester United, West Ham United and Aston Villa are also monitoring his situation ahead of a key summer transfer window.

No reliable price has been given yet, but the CIES Football Observatory currently values ​​the midfield maestro at €30 million, the equivalent of £26 million.

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While that’s not cheap by any means, if his final price is anywhere near the CIES valuation, Spurs should look to bring the Englishman to N17 as he could be the perfect Bentancur upgrade and has gained good comparisons with the former White Hart Lane Great, Modric.

How Gomes compares to Modric and Bentancur

Okay, before we get into how Gomes is an improvement over Bentancur, it’s time to take a look at the comparison with Real Madrid star Modric.

Luka Modric for Tottenham.

The comparison itself comes from FBref, which provides a list of the ten most similar players for each player in its database. They have concluded that the Croatian star is the fourth most similar midfielder in Europe’s top five leagues.

When looking at the pair’s underlying numbers from this season, some key stats stand out that are quite close to each other, such as the number of medium and long passes completed, their goal-creating actions, the number of blocks and ball recoveries they made as well the number of aerial duels won, all per 90.

Gomes compared to Modric

Stats per 90

Gomes

Modric

Expected goals

0.07

0.07

Expected non-penalty goals + assists

0.28

0.38

Shots

1.19

1.30

Accuracy of fit

89.4%

86.7%

Middle passes completed

22.2

23.9

Long passes completed

5.83

7.85

Goal-creating actions

0.43

0.57

blocks

0.79

0.73

Ball recoveries

4.42

4.86

Won aerial duels

0.25

0.45

All statistics via FBref for the league season 23/24

It’s certainly a flattering comparison for United’s former ‘prodigy’ described by talent scout Jacek Kuligbut there is merit in that, and with the right coaching he could end up reaching a similar level.

However, how does he compare to the man he would likely replace in the middle of the park, Bentancur?

Well, from an output perspective, he has a league lead. In his 44 appearances this season, the 23-year-old has scored two goals and provided ten assists, while the Uruguayan has scored one goal and provided one assist in 22 games.

The comparison is equally strongly in the Englishman’s favor when looking at the pair’s underlying numbers, as he has a higher number of expected goals and non-penalty assists, has more progressive passes and runs, maintains a higher passing accuracy and takes more shots and Goals scored – create actions and make fewer mistakes, all per 90.

Gomes against Bentancur

Stats per 90

Gomes

Bentancur

Expected goals + assists without penalty

0.28

0.23

Progressive passes

7.12

6.60

Progressive carries

1.69

1.55

Shots

1.19

0.39

Accuracy of fit

89.4%

83.6%

Shot-generating actions

3.71

2.71

Goal-creating actions

0.43

0.39

Tackles

0.86

2.04

Mistake

0.04

0.10

All statistics via FBref for the league season 23/24

The Spurs man does take more shots and makes more tackles, but that could well be more due to the system than individual talent. Furthermore, his potential successor started 15 games as a defensive midfielder in his short professional career, so there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t be just as defensively astute.

Ultimately, while Bentancur is a talented midfielder, he can’t match Gomes in a real-world comparison, and considering the youngster shares similarities with Ballon d’Or winner Modric, it seems like a challenge for Spurs , pull the trigger and get it to N17 in no time.

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