Monaco's Anthony Martial triumphs over Stuttgart's Timo Werner in the battle of the Tottenham targets

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The Monaco forward out-performed the Stuttgart man in five key areas last season.

Mauricio Pochettino has highlighted the importance of Tottenham Hotspur being clever in the transfer market when it comes to competing with the Premier League’s big spenders.

Getting their business done early was one tactic outlined and if the beginning of this transfer window is anything to go by, that approach has seemingly been adopted by Daniel Levy and co.

Spurs announced on their official website the signing of the highly-rated Kevin Wimmer from FC Koln before the start of June and strong links have surfaced this week regarding further potential targets. Chief among those are Anthony Martial and Timo Werner.

Frenchman Martial has been likened to a young Thierry Henry, and Spurs are rumoured to be considering an £18 million bid for the 19-year old’s services, as reported in The Mirror. Word of a £10 million Spurs’ bid for 18-year old Timo Werner being rejected by Stuttgart also began to surface this week.

Both are pacey, direct players able to operate centrally but typically playing on the left and cutting in, onto their favoured right foot. The lack of serious competition for Nacer Chadli at Spurs has been an issue and it appears to be a position Pochettino will look to address this summer.

Comparing their statistics last season, it’s clear to see Martial has the edge:

  GoalsAssistsPass Success RateKey Passes (per game)Crosses (per game)Dribbles (per game)Shots (per game)Mins Played
Anthony Martial 12 4 72.4% 0.4 0.1 1.4 1.3 2,243
Timo Werner 3 1 70.2% 0.5 0.2 0.9 0.9 1,625

The Frenchman had four times as many goals and assists as Werner in 618 more minutes of football and was slightly more accurate in his distribution, boasting a 72.4% passing accuracy compared to Werner’s 70.2%.

Martial also appears to be more active offensively, completing 1.4 dribbles per game to Werner’s 0.9 and 1.3 shots per game to Werner’s 0.9. Werner did have the upper-hand in key passes and crosses per-game however, with 0.5 and 0.2 to Martial’s 0.4 and 0.1.

Both players are fantastic prospects but Anthony Martial’s higher price tag reflects the impact he would have on the Spurs first-team.

While Timo Werner may well mature into a top player capable of a starting berth for Spurs, Martial is much closer to that reality and his signing would be a real coup, offering stern competition for Nacer Chadli and a competent back-up for Harry Kane.

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