Tottenham poised to sign Brazil striker?
Internacional president Giovanni Luigi has revealed that Tottenham target Leandro Damiao is "very likely" to play in England
Tottenham target Leandro Damiao is likely to join a Premier League team, according to Internacional president Giovanni Luigi.
Luigi says that he has spoken with the Premier League about the potential sale of the striker - and added that the Brazil international "is very likely to play games in England in the coming year".
Tottenham tried to sign the player in January but to no avail as the Brazilian club was holding out for more money on the offer.
There have been reports linking Damiao to Italy, with Serie A side Napoli keeping him on their radar, but Luigi has indicated that Napoli will not be in the running to sign the forward and has dropped strong hints that he will be moving to England come summer.
"If a club want a player, they must talk to the president of the club at which that particular player plays and not just deal with the agent - that is not correct behaviour," Luigi told tuttomercatoweb.com.
"Recently we talked with Tottenham, Leandro is very likely to play games in England in the coming year. On the other hand, we can exclude Napoli."
Spurs may very well need to strengthen their forward-line seeing as how they only have three natural strikers in Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and
Any injuries sustained to these players and Spurs usually would have to rely on PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale for goals - which is evident seeing as how the three strikers' combined tally for this season is 32 goals while Bale has single-handedly netted 24. A stark contrast of roles and the reality which Spurs are currently facing having to rely so heavily on one person.
Damiao can best be described as a classic target-man. At 1.87m and 84kg he is tall enough for the job, with enough mass to be a physical battler. His jumping ability is impressive, making him a threat against defenders significantly taller than himself. A long-ball up to him is always an option, where he is able to battle for and often win an aerial challenge with his back to goal.
It is not unusual to see him cleverly flick a header or a directed chest-pass towards an overlapping team-mate.
Where Damiao truly shines is in front of goal, however, where he is a predator. In and around the box he comes alive, battling his way for any chance to pounce on a ball to put in the back of the net. His physicality certainly helps him here, but it is his coolness under pressure and at times sublime technique that make him as deadly as he is.
Put simply: if Damiao is given any chance at goal, he is likely to take it.
Perhaps the reason he is so deadly is his outstanding decision making in the box. His awareness of where the goal is, where defenders and the goalkeeper are, and where he should be, at times seem flawless.
With the ball he can shoot from tough angles, lob with perfect weight, or rifle a shot at just the right location with such confidence and ease that it makes you think there was little doubt it was going in. His heading ability is also superb, not only with his knack to get power and the right direction behind the ball from even the most tepid of crosses, but also with his uncanny positioning and jumping to beat defenders.
He would probably fit right into the Premier League given his physical attributes and surely has the quality to shine given time as he is still only 23-years-old.
Spurs fans will have something to say about that should the South American make his Premier League debut at White Hart Lane.
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