According to writer Pete O’Rourke, Lucas Paqueta, who is wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, would be a “more interesting” addition than James Garner.
Following news that both midfielders would be permitted to leave their respective clubs this summer provided their values are fulfilled, Spurs have been linked to both players in recent weeks.
What is the latest Spurs news?
At the leadership of Tottenham, Antonio Conte has had a successful transfer window, adding Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Clement Lenglet, and Fraser Forster to his first-team roster.
But according to a story published by the Evening Standard last month, the north London team “remain on the market for a creative attacker.”
Tottenham’s pursuit of Lyon’s Paqueta has reportedly been “following” him for “a time,” according to SportEarly Alasdair Gold.
When asked if there had been any development about the London club’s interest in the South American star, Gold responded, “Spurs have been watching Lyon’s Brazil international Lucas Paqueta for a while.”
The Brazilian’s asking price, which has fluctuated this summer from rumours of a £68 million price to a reduced £33 million price in recent days, but Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas is not a guy to let anyone go for a bargain. The Brazilian has three years remaining on his deal.
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What was mentioned about Paqueta by O’Rourke?
Garner, a midfielder for Manchester United who has been labelled surplus to needs by new manager Erik ten Hag, is another player said to be on Tottenham’s radar.
However, O’Rourke thinks Paqueta would thrill Spurs supporters more than the England Under-21 international if he were to play at Hotspur Way.
In an interview with GiveMeSport, he stated: “I believe getting Paqueta, who’s also a more aggressive midfielder than James Garner is, would be a more exciting acquisition for Spurs supporters.”
Would Paqueta be a wise acquisition?
Paqueta had trouble establishing himself after moving from Flamengo to European football in January 2019, scoring just one goal and providing three assists in 44 games for AC Milan.
The 6-foot-tall star, though, has effectively revitalised his career in France, scoring 35 goals while playing 79 games for Lyon over the past two seasons.
According to FBref, Paqueta has over the past year performed in the 99th percentile among his positional peers for tackles, 94th among pressures, 93rd among progressive passes received, 90th among total shots, 89th among clearances, 88th among aerial duels won, 86th among progressive passes, and 85th among completed dribbles.
Therefore, it is clear that Paqueta performs at a high level and that, at just 24, he still has his finest years ahead of him.