According to claims from Sky Sports last year, Tottenham Hotspur were one of the sides interested in Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane.
The then-19-year-old broke into the Portuguese side’s first-team last season and quickly demonstrated his pace and trickery to devastating effect.
Such is his talent that comparisons to former Sporting wide-men Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani were obvious and perhaps apt, and a new report from O Jogo has highlighted just how far the alleged Tottenham target has come in a short space of time.
The report has looked at Mane’s goals-per-minutes ratio compared with that of Nani and Luis Figo at a similar stage in their careers, and the former comes out on top.
The 20-year-old averages a goal every 191 minutes for Sporting, compared with Nani’s then-average of a goal every 462 minutes and the now legendary Figo averaging a goal every 247 minutes back at the start of his career.
Mane has scored seven goals this season in all competitions and with Tottenham in need of some new wide-men, the youngster could be a wonderful addition.
After all, he has electric pace, an eye for a goal and tricks galore, and if he is this good already, imagine how good he could be when he reaches his peak.