Tottenham’s midfield is as battle-hardened as you’ll see in the Premier League with Antonio Conte possessing a range of tough-tackling bodies.
In the summer, the Italian brought Yves Bissouma, formerly of Brighton, to Spurs as he joined the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Bissouma has rarely been afforded much game time due to the displays of the latter two names, with Bentancur already proving to be one of the best acquisitions in recent years.
The Uruguayan is an aggressive and combative midfielder, one who after years of breaking up play has even added goals to his game this term.
Indeed, the 25-year-old has found the net on five occasions throughout 2022/23 as opposed to the zero he contributed last season.
Adding another body to the midfield perhaps isn’t necessary but after the displays of Sofyan Amrabat at the World Cup in Qatar, they’d be fools to turn their noses up at such a talent.
The 26-year-old has been linked with Spurs of late and it’s hardly a surprise when you take note of his incredible rise to stardom with his country this autumn.
Amrabat has been part of a mesmerising Moroccan team who have become the first African nation to ever reach a World Cup semi-final. They defeated Belgium in the group stages and have since knocked out Spain and most recently Portugal.
In the process, the Fiorentina enforcer has been a stalwart while playing as a deep-lying midfielder just in front of the defence.
He has played his part in Morocco conceding just one goal in their run while being dubbed one of the best players across the entire competition over the last few weeks. That’s the view of several onlookers, including the Standard’s Nizaar Kinsella who said he “is a legitimate shout for player of the tournament so far.”
Tifo’s Seb Stafford-Bloor also noted: “Can’t think of a better series of World Cup performances than Sofyan Amrabat’s last three games. He’s been extraordinary.”
Further dubbed as a “monstrous” asset for his country by broadcaster Carlo Garganese, the footballing world has seemingly run out of superlatives to describe his performances.
A player who could cost in the region of £30m, perhaps the biggest compliment are comparisons to a certain Luka Modric.
The Croatian continues to age like a fine wine and there is a real possibility that the former Spurs man could be playing against Amrabat in the final.
Long known as a beautiful technician, they both know how to do the dirty work. Indeed, at the 2018 World Cup, no player won the ball back more times than Modric as he went on to win the Player of the Tournament award.
The player who has won it back the most in 2022? That just so happens to be Amrabat.
Some of their stats are incredibly similar from the respective tournaments with the Moroccan brute winning 52.94% of his ground duels to Modric’s 54.41%. The latter happens to be behind the Tottenham transfer target for ball recoveries per 90 minutes (7.7 v 7.3) but they both made 1.2 interceptions per 90 too, demonstrating their ability to break up and read the play efficiently.
COMPARED: Luka Modrić at the 2018 World Cup vs. Sofyan Amrabat at the 2022 World Cup – https://t.co/poVQ5koL9G#FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/VWc5hEy5nh
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Amrabat might not quite possess the same elegance and class as Modric but when it comes to getting the ball off an opponent, they are incredibly alike.
For Tottenham fans, that must be incredibly exciting, with the Croat no doubt still held in high regard. Thus, a move simply has to be made in January; it would be a superb acquisition for Conte and co.