Nicolas Gaitan already better than Tottenham Hotspur's current wingers in five key areas

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Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in signing Nicolas Gaitan this month.

Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in signing Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan this month by the Independent, and the stats suggest that he would be a major improvement on any winger that Mauricio Pochettino currently has available to him.

Spurs are looking to add attacking quality to their team in the January transfer window to strengthen their bid for a top-four spot, and Gaitan is apparently high on their wishlist. 

The Argentine winger's natural ability in possession and willingness to run at defenders is something which has caught the attentions of Spurs' scouting team and it is easy to see why. 

  PositionTeamKey passes per gameDribbles per gameCrosses per gameTouches per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyShots per gameDispossessed per gameAppearancesMins Played
Nicolás Gaitán MF Benfica 2 3 6 56 28.8 55.5% 1.8 0.8 5 438
Erik Lamela MF Tottenham 1.57 2.26 3.26 55.31 34.52 82.16% 1.05 2.5 19 1340
Nacer Chadli MF Tottenham 1.38 1.05 1.27 45.05 31.22 83.45% 1.7 1.5 18 1316
Aaron Lennon MF Tottenham 1 0.22 0.88 18.22 12 85.18% 0.2 0.6 9 276
Andros Townsend MF Tottenham 0.5 0.25 2.62 29.62 16 77.34% 1.25 2.25 8 367

Gaitan already looks a far more refined player than any of Tottenham's players in almost every area and he would be a huge upgrade should be be captured.

When comparing Gaitan's Champions League stats with Spurs winger's Premier League form this campaign, he is notably ahead in terms of creating chances, running at defenders and taking shots compared to any of Spurs' current options. 

Gaitan has averaged six dribbles per game in Europe's premier competition, but he also protects the ball extremely well for someone who is so offensively minded.

The fact that he is delivering six crosses every game at the top level is also an indication of the increased quality of service the likes of Harry Kane could be expecting to receive if he were to arrive at White Hart Lane.

Although Gaitan is not expected to come cheap, there can be no questioning his ability and his addition looks like it would be £27 million well spent if Tottenham do manage to secure his signature and pay the valuation quoted by the Independent

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