Why Tottenham must make January swoop for final player recommended by Mitchell
By Editor Wayne Veysey
It is easy to see why Tottenham are on the trail of Franck Kessie.
Young, super gifted and with an eyecatching record of scoring goals from central midfield.
The Atalanta ace is the kind of emerging star that needs to be snapped up before his transfer value rockets and he is out of reach of all bar the super elite.
As revealed by Football Insider, outgoing Tottenham transfer guru Paul Mitchell has recommended the club keep a close eye on Kessie.
Mitchell has urged Spurs to keep tabs on the Serie A midfield enforcer in one of his scouting reports to Spurs chiefs.
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Kessie, 19, is set to be the final player the White Hart Lane head of recruitment will recommend to the club as he works the final weeks of his notice.
The word on the grapevine is that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy did not pay too much attention to Mitchell during the summer, with the club’s failure to match Chelsea’s offer for Michy Batshuayi proving the straw that broke the camel’s back.
You could see Levy’s point, as the combination of fee and wages were beyond what the club, restricted by financing their new stadium, could afford.
Spurs must now move quickly to snap up Kessie next month after glowing reports from their scouts over the last few months.
The competition is likely to be less intense than it will be next summer when the elite European clubs will have the funds to blow the north Londoners out of the water.
The Ivory Coast powerhouse, who was an international at the age of 17 and has already accumulated 10 senior caps, has a growing reputation as a result of his performances in Italy in the last two years.
The teenager, who does not turn 20 until next week, has been a mainstay for Atalanta this season, scoring an impressive six goals and supplying two assists from 15 appearances in all competitions.
Kessie spent last season on loan at Serie B club Cesena, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 37 appearances from midfield.
He is good and is going to get better. Tottenham should not hang around.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have opened defender talks ahead of the January transfer window.