Connect in the back of the net

With Tottenham gearing up for the new Premier League season and a return to the Champions League, it’s highly likely there will be more arrivals at White Hart Lane this summer.

One man the North Londoners are said to be looking at is Sevilla’s Vitolo and he could make a useful addition to the squad.

The winger is another fine example of Sevilla’s excellent recruitment policy in recent years. Vitolo had spent his entire career in the Canary Islands with hometown club Las Palmas when he was snapped up by Sevilla on a free transfer in the summer of 2013.

He’d never previously played in the top flight, but has excelled in a Sevilla side that has won the Europa League in all three of his seasons at the club whilst consistently challenging in and around the top six in La Liga.


Big-game player

Sevilla’s lengthy cup involvements have forced plenty of rotation, but Vitolo has tended to be one of the first names on the teamsheet in big games.

Last season, he made 23 starts in the league and 13 more in European competitions and also started both the Copa del Rey and Europa League finals.

He impressed particularly in Basel, setting up Coke for Sevilla’s second goal in their 3-1 win over Liverpool.

While sometimes his delivery from wide areas leaves a little to be desired, he is an expert at find small openings in opposition defences and threading balls through to forward players.

Vitolo is also a regular scorer of goals although the season just gone was actually his least prolific full season in senior football.

He netted 25 times in his final two seasons at Las Palmas and came close to double figures in his opening two years in Seville, but could only manage 4 goals in the campaign just gone.

For a wideman, those are all very healthy figures and he is also no stranger to the physical side of the game which should help him out should he move to the Premier League.


Capable of playing under pressure

He is very capable at holding onto the ball under pressure from defenders and at 6 feet, he is also quite tall when compared to most Spanish midfield players.

It’s no surprise then that he is attracting interest from England and Vitolo reportedly turned down a move to Stoke, who were willing to significantly improve his wages, earlier in the summer.

A move to White Hart Lane and a club that like his current one will be in the group stages of the Champions League this season could appeal significantly more though.

With Unai Emery having left Sevilla he may be unsure as to what his role will be under the new coach and given Tottenham could do with another wide option to compete for places with the likes of Erik Lamela and Son Heung-Min, Vitolo would certainly fit the bill.

He is someone who is used to a rotation policy and wouldn’t really the rock the boat in terms of upsetting squad harmony.


A smart transfer steal

He also wouldn’t cost a ridiculous sum of money, but has plenty of experience in European football behind him now and unlike almost the entire Tottenham squad has experience of winning major trophies.

Therefore, Vitolo would be a smart addition to the Tottenham squad and it’ll be interesting to see if they make a move for the player at some point over the next month.


Written by Mark Sochon

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