Spurs: Conte dealt Mac Allister blow


Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Alexis Mac Allister to north London in the January transfer window.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, with the Italian transfer insider revealing in a recent column for CaughtOffside that, despite the central midfielder being linked in the last few days with a switch to Spurs this winter, it would appear unlikely that the Brighton & Hove Albion manager, Roberto De Zerbi, would be willing to part with the 23-year-old in January.

Regarding the interest in the Argentina international, Romano said: “Alexis Mac Allister has been really impressive in the Premier League and now at the World Cup. It’s not surprising to see transfer rumours involving the player.

“I think Brighton will try not to sell him in January as Roberto De Zerbi really appreciates the player. I think the second part of the season will be crucial for him.”

“Unsung hero”

Considering just how impressive Mac Allister has been for both club and country so far this season, it is easy to see why Antonio Conte would be interested in a deal to bring the 23-year-old to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in January.

Indeed, over his 14 Premier League appearances for Brighton in the current campaign, the £30m-rated talent has been in sensational attacking form, having already scored five goals and created one big chance for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.9 shots, making 0.9 key passes and completing 0.6 dribbles per game.

The £50k-per-week midfielder has also caught the eye in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 3.1 tackles – the joint ninth-most in the league – 1.4 interceptions and winning 5.8 duels – at a success rate of 59% – per match, as well as enjoying an average of 72.9 touches, playing 2.2 long balls and completing 51.1 passes – at a success rate of 89% – per fixture.

These returns have seen the 23-year-old who Adam Stenning dubbed “sensational” average a simply sensational Sofascore match rating of 7.31, not only ranking him as De Zerbi’s best performer in the league but also as the tenth-best player in the top flight of English football as a whole so far this season.

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This is form Mac Allister has carried into his four outings at the Qatar World Cup this winter, with the midfielder having scored one goal and created one big chance, in addition to making an average of 1.3 key passes, 1.8 tackles and winning 5.0 duels – at a success rate of 63% – per game.

These returns have seen the player who Roy Nemer labelled Argentina’s “unsung hero” average a breathtaking Sofascore match rating of 7.18, currently ranking him as Lionel Scaloni’s second-best performer in the competition – behind only a certain Lionel Messi – playing a crucial role in helping his country reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

As such, considering the fact that the Brighton starlet is very much an all-rounder in the middle of the park – something Spurs somewhat lack at present – coupled with the sensational form the 23-year-old has been in for club and country this season, it is not difficult to see why Conte would be keen on the Argentine, as Mac Allister would certainly be a sensational signing for Spurs.

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