It’s been a busy few weeks in N17, with Tottenham agreeing deals for three new arrivals and a move for Yves Bissouma looking close, with the midfielder due to undergo a medical at Hotspur Way on Thursday. That’s exactly what Spurs needed to do, to support Antonio Conte and build a strong squad ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The location, top facilities, world class manager and Champions League football are all likely to tempt players to move to North London. However, Tottenham are still likely to face competition for the players they target, which could include Wout Weghorst.
The Dutch international has previously been linked with Spurs and Weghorst has already opened up on the interest. “Shortly before the transfer market closed, Tottenham Hotspur got serious. They were hectic days,” he admitted.
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The current Burnley man moved to Turf Moor in January from Wolfsburg. However, the 2021/22 season hasn’t gone as the 29-year-old expected.
Relegation from the Clarets means that if Weghorst stays at Burnley he will play in the Championship next season. The Dutch international has already made it clear that he won’t.
“We have clearly agreed in advance that I will not play in the Championship. The club would like to keep me. It is important that I can play at a high level, with a view to the World Cup in Qatar”, he added. he explained earlier. this month.
This was picked up again last week, with Weghorst reiterating his wish to stay in the Premier League. “My future will not be next year at Burnley,” he admitted.
“I’m just very ambitious and also for the national team team. The coach [Louis Van Gaal] wants us to play at a high level.
“There are a few options for me and just a higher potential of a league than the championship. I have to take the chances there. We’ll see what the future holds,” added the attacker.
Last campaign, Weghorst made 20 Premier League appearances, scoring two goals and registering three assists. Since moving to England, the Dutchman has shown his quality and that has been praised by Ian Wright and Jurgen Klopp.
“His link-up play and the problems he caused all day kept Burnley in a position on the pitch where they could cause problems. When you see the position he takes for his goal, it’s fantastic, and the composure with the way he took it,” Wright explained, after Weghorst scored his first Premier League goal in February.
“He gets in the middle but then he stops, and the composure and the clinical way he finished was brilliant. It’s exactly what you expect from your centre-forward, which causes all sorts of problems to the defender.”
A few weeks earlier, the Liverpool boss praised the 29-year-old for his performance against Man United. “If you had seen the game you would have seen he was a lively lad. He was very active all over the pitch,” Klopp said.
Tottenham need another striker, in case Harry Kane gets injured. Spurs may be looking for someone who can play at the back three, to provide more rotational opportunities.
However, Weghorst could come in and be that backup. Although the World Cup may cause a problem with a move.
The Dutch international has already underlined his desire to play regularly, with a view to the World Cup at the end of the year. This is similar to international team-mate and Spurs man Steven Bergwijn, who has also expressed his wish to leave Tottenham this summer.
Both players will want to play under Van Gaal at the World Cup but it will be difficult to get their point when they are not playing regularly at club level. If Weghorst moved to the N17 as Kane’s replacement, he might find that to be the case.
The Lilywhites will have a packed schedule, with Premier League games to be played along with cup competitions and European football, meaning rotation is inevitable. However, that may not be enough for the 29-year-old, meaning both sides will have to consider whether a move for the Dutchman will be the most beneficial.