Ivan Perisic has become Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing in what promises to be a very exciting summer.
Spurs are under pressure to keep Antonio Conte happy over the next few months after the Italian took them back to the Champions League on the final day of the Premier League season.
The sane coach’s frustration could potentially send him off Tottenham in the blink of an eye.
It’s one of the reasons why ENIC plowed £150m into the transfer budget last week [Bloomberg].
Perisic is an interesting first addition as not only was he free, having joined a Bosman from Inter Milan, but he’s apparently quite versatile.
That’s the view of football writer James Horncastle, who told the official North Londoners website that not only will Perisic be used in his classic wing position, but suggested he could even be used as a cover option for Son Heung-min in a central striker role.
He told the Spurs officesocial website: “It wouldn’t surprise me either, if Heung-Min Son ever needs a break, he could also replace him – that said, Sonny is one of the fittest players! Perisic will mainly be a threat at left.
Tottenham fans won’t like to hear that.
Daniel Levy probably doesn’t need much justification for not signing a good number nine this summer and if he gets wind that Conte’s latest signing could actually be used as the spearhead of an attack, the chairman of the Lilywhites might be tempted to advise against an attacker. .
Harry Kane plays a somewhat deeper role at Tottenham these days, with Son, who won the Golden Boot last season with Mohamed Salah, often the most distant most attacking player.
Whether covering for Kane or Son, Conte needs a traditional number nine as a backup this summer.
Perisic, 33, is an excellent player and athlete despite his advanced age, but he’s probably not a suitable substitute for Son.
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