Tottenham Hotspur finally have the chance to bolster their ranks as the January transfer window beckons.
Spurs will probably feel they could’ve done better on the pitch so far this season. This is even though they’re in the Premier League top four and in the Champions League last 16.
At the start of the season, Tottenham really looked like they could’ve been challenging for the title. That’s how good their recruitment seemed.
But despite heavy investment in the squad, Spurs still don’t look anywhere near the finished product.
The defence still looks shaky and, according to reports, Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici are looking for reinforcements.
Over the last few weeks, a somewhat familiar name has once again been doing the rounds – Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie.
Back in June, Spurs were apparently preparing a bid for the Ecuador international, a left-footed centre-back.
At the time, The Sun reported that Hincapie boasted a £34million price tag.
Now, according to Tuttomercatoweb, Conte and Paratici are plotting another potential offer for Hincapie.
Tottenham apparently want to get ahead of their rivals to sign the ‘really impressive’ defender by trying to bring him in next month.
Tottenham target Hincapie – style of play
Hincapie wouldn’t be a bad shout for Spurs. He’s an incredibly talented prospect with considerable experience at the highest level.
Babagol wrote a scouting report on him back in 2021, when he was still with Talleres in Argentina.
‘Hincapie usually plays as a centre-back but can operate as a left-back too,’ they began.
‘He was always notable for his physical attributes, well-built, and quality movement in long and short distances.
‘He is aggressive and brave, winning duels both on the ground and in the air.
‘He’s comfortable on the ball, can carry it forward past the opposition first line of defence, and can pick a pass over distance.
‘In general, his adaptation to Talleres’ high line and building up from the back system is good.
His physical and technical qualities are exciting; his character does not show any flaws, and his tactical understanding is good for his age and experience.
‘Piero Hincapie is definitely a player worth watching.’
Hincapie has also previously spoken highly of a player who he could potentially line up alongside at Tottenham – Cristian Romero.
“My brother tells me I’m a lot like him, I like him a lot,” ScoutedFTBL quotes Hincapie as saying.
And on Twitter, fans have compared his style of play to that of Romero.
“He is the best young defender in Latin America,” was the assessment of Talleres president Andres Fassi upon Hincapie’s arrival, as per Goal.com.
He certainly seems to tick a lot of boxes for Conte and Tottenham.