Why signing Yannick Carrasco would be the best piece of business Spurs do this summer

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Spurs are yet to add to their attacking options this transfer window.

Reports recently, by the likes of the Daily Star, have linked Spurs with a move for Monaco winger Yannick Ferreria Carrasco, with £18 million the rumoured fee required to prise him away.

The Belgian international is comfortable on either wing but typically tends to operate on the left and although right-footed, varies his attacks between cutting inside and going on the outside, keeping defenders guessing.

In Mauricio Pochettino's system, with overlapping full-backs, he would likely feature on the left meaning his compatriot, Nacer Chadli, would be his main competition at White Hart Lane.

We've taken a look at some of their league statistics from last season to see how they compare in key areas:

  GoalsAssistsKey Passes (per game)Dribbles (per game)Crosses (per game)Pass AccuracyAppearances
Yannick Carrasco 6 10 1.6 2.4 1.2 78.2% 36
Nacer Chadli 11 5 1.2 1.3 0.3 83.3% 35

Both enjoyed productive campaigns but had reversed goal to assist ratios, with Carrasco notching double the assists of Chadli - 10 to 5 - and Chadli grabbing just under double the amount of goals: 11 to 6.

A key feature in Carrasco's game is the directness in his attacking play and the dribbles per game stats - 2.4 to Chadli's 1.3 - highlight this. While Chadli's goal return last season was excellent, he still has a tendency to disappear at times and doesn't always stretch the opposition as much as his talent and athleticism should allow.

Chadli enjoyed a higher pass accuracy, 83.3% compared to 78,2%, but Carrasco outdoes the Spurs man in both key passes and crosses per game numbers, registering 1.6 to the Spurs' man's 1.2 for the former and 1.2 to Chadli's 0.3 for the latter.

At 21-years old, Carrasco's productivity is exceptional, especially for a winger, and his arrival would seemingly tick several boxes across the board.

He would provide quality cover across attacking midfield, particularly for Nacer Chadli on the left flank - an area Spurs have been woefully short in for the last couple of seasons.

The Belgian contingent at Spurs is set to increase with Toby Alderweireld's possible arrival, and so settling in should be made easier for the Monaco man.

Pace and directness is something Spurs lacked in attack last season, with only Andros Townsend capable of consistently committing defenders - albeit with limited end product - and Carrasco's arrival would bring welcome variety to Tottenham's, at times, overly considered attacking play.

His fee is now the big issue and there remains some distance between the rumoured £8 million offered by Spurs and Monaco's valuation of the player. 

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