Liverpool and Spurs: The Battle for the ‘Nigerian Ronaldo’

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have both been linked with 17-year-old CSKA Moscow winger Moses Daddy-Ajala.

When a player is compared alongside someone like Cristiano Ronaldo during his Sporting Lisbon days, that’s an undoubted sign of quality and that is the way Moses Daddy-Ajala has been described back in his homeland.

Liverpool and Spurs are both reported to be tracking the teenage talent who has been tipped with a big European move this summer, who could follow his countryman Victor Moses in joining the club.

There seems to be a very good reason that both clubs are interested in this player, as he seems to be one of the quickest and most exciting wingers currently playing in Russian football at the moment.

Liverpool have proven they can bring through quality teenagers over the course of the season, with Raheem Sterling and Suso both making the step up to the current side at the start of the current campaign.

They also have a manager in Brendan Rodgers who is trying to create a young and sustainable team, equipped to take on life in the Premier League and battle hard for the title over the next few seasons.

He could be tempted into a move to Anfield because of the club’s European history which is as good as any other side around the continent and something unique about Liverpool which gives them a special appeal.

Tottenham Hotspur could well end up in the top four by the end of the season, regardless of the injury Gareth Bale has just picked up which is probably going to rule him out for the rest of the season.

They also have a very young side, with slightly more experience and a manager in Andre Villas-Boas who seems well geared to get the best out of this player in a tactical sense.

AVB has a solid history of bringing through young players with his career at Porto in Portugal and he has been the head of some key signings the club has made this season, such as the introduction of Lewis Holtby to the Spurs midfield.

Liverpool probably just have the edge because the player would probably get a faster crack at the first team at Anfield, but it’s finely balanced because both teams have extremely good academy setups which will appeal to him.

The fee involved could also be another sticking point and something which goes a long way to tipping the deal in Spurs’ favour. If the fee starts to climb because of the interest in him, then Liverpool may back out because they don’t seem to have the resources to draw on should a bidding war develop.

Do you think he’ll join either club?

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