Tottenham target 'not suited' to Premier League - Luzhny

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Tottenham Hotspur target Yevhen Konoplyanka will be a Premier League flop, according to ex-Arsenal defender Oleg Luzhny, reports the Daily Star.

The 24-year-old midfielder is being heavily linked with a deadline day move to England, with Liverpool believed to be close to securing his signature.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has been credited with an interest in bringing the Ukraine international to White Hart Lane, but looks like missing out on the £16million-rated star to rival manager Brendan Rodgers.

However, former Gunner Luzhny - who won the double under Arsene Wenger in 2001/02 - believes that Arsenal's north London rivals will have had a lucky escape, after describing the FC Dnipro star as a "headless chicken" who is not suited to the English game.

"I don't think the English league is right for him, Konoplyanka's style of play is better suited to Italy or Spain," said the 45-year-old.

"The game in England is totally different – it's about power, you have to run back and forth, back and forth. You run at speed up and down, and it's like that for 90 minutes.

"I saw how he played in the World Cup play-off second leg against France, when Ukraine lost 3-0, and he was like a headless chicken.

"It is a completely different level. When you play in the Ukraine, you can afford not to run. In the match against France, it was evident that Konoplyanka barely runs at all."

Konoplyanka did impress for Ukraine during their recent World Cup qualifying campaign, but Luzhny maintains that the midfielder would be better testing himself in La Liga or Serie 'A'.

"Konoplyanka is a good player, but he is suited to Spain or Italy, not England," he added.

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