Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes that Tottenham Hotspur could sign Eintracht Frankfurt and Japan attacking midfielder Daichi Kamada “on the cheap” this summer.
According to SportBILD, Spurs will be competing with Sevilla for the 25-year-old’s signature this summer, with the attacking midfielder’s contract running out in 12 months’ time.
Antonio Conte is looking to add depth to his squad as he attempts to balance out the rigours of Premier League and Champions League football next season, and the £19.8m-rated man might be available for a reasonable fee due to his contract situation.
Whelan believes that Spurs and Conte should be looking to add the recent Europa League winner to their side this summer.
“I like the way he plays the game,” said Whelan, who was speaking to Football Insider.
“He’s very nimble and energetic, and he’s shown what he can do on the ball as well.
“He’s the right age and he’s coming out of contract so you can get him on the cheap.
“There’s a deal to be done there.
“He’s coming into the right years and Tottenham need to beef up that squad if they’re going to go far in the Champions League.”
Our thoughts on Whelan’s comments…
We are inclined to agree with Whelan, that Conte really does need to add more depth to his squad if Spurs want to compete on both a Premier League and Champions League front next season.
Kamada, who has been described as a “brilliant player” by former Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic, would add versatility for Spurs, with the attacking midfielder being relatively competent across the front-line as well as in midfield.
The 25-year-old has scored nine goals and provided four assists this campaign, according to FBRef, with five of those goals coming on route to Frankfurt’s Europa League triumph.
He regularly provides a goal-threat for opposition defences, creating 2.82 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga this campaign, according to the same stats provider.
As well as this, he would add something different to Spurs in midfield, with the club currently lacking a genuine first-choice attacking midfielder.
If Spurs can get Kamada at a reasonable price this summer, it seems like a no-brainer for Conte to add the Japanese international to his squad, in a bid to compete on all fronts.