Tottenham Hotspur are understood to be interested in the services of Eintracht Frankfurt and Japan attacking midfielder Daichi Kamada.
What’s the word?
That is according to SportBILD in Germany (via Sport Witness) who also say that Spurs are unlikely to secure the services of the 25-year-old, who is more likely to stay at his current club having recently been crowned Europa League champions.
The 16-time Japan international is valued at £19.8m and has just one year remaining on his current contract according to Transfermarkt, but with Frankfurt able to offer Champions League football next season, the attacking midfielder is thought to be more likely to sign a new deal with the Bundesliga side.
Something different for Spurs
If Kamada was to make the switch to Spurs, Antonio Conte would likely have to shuffle his traditional 3-4-3 system around to deploy the Japan international in his favoured attacking midfield role.
The Frankfurt talisman has been praised as “exceptional” by BT Sport co-commentator Lucy Ward, when commentating on Kamada’s performance in the Bundesliga side’s Europa League victory at West Ham last month.
When compared with Spurs’ most prominent midfielder in Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, the Japanese international’s goals and assists stats are surprisingly only slightly better, despite playing in a more advanced position than his Danish counterpart, with Kamada earning a combined seven goals and assists compared to Højbjerg’s four, according to FBref.
However, it must be taken into account that the same site also shows that Kamada has played significantly less minutes than Højbjerg, having only played 2,139 minutes of football this campaign, just under 1,000 less than the Spurs man.
He also comes up second to the Danish international in terms of passing stats, with Højbjerg having an 89.2% completion rate from 2,392 attempted passes, compared to Kamada’s 78.7% successful passes from just 865 attempts.
This could suggest that the current Frankfurt man may struggle in Conte’s midfield, with a strong emphasis being placed on positioning and moving the ball out wide to the attacking players as quickly as possible.
However, according to SofaScore, Kamada has an average performance rating of 7.06 across the current campaign, proving that he is generally a reliable performer when called upon for the Bundesliga side.
Whilst the Japanese international and now Europa League winner is clearly a talented attacking midfielder, he may not be worth the money or wages for Spurs, on the basis that he is likely to struggle to adapt to Conte’s traditional system.
Both Kamada and Spurs may be best looking elsewhere, with neither party seeming to be particularly suited to each other, on the basis of the current campaign.