Tottenham-linked Jose Callejon compares well to current first-team attacking trio

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Napoli’s Jose Callejon.

According to the latest reports from the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur are still in the hunt for Napoli’s Jose Callejon as they look to boost their attacking options.

So far this summer, Spurs have mainly focused on getting players out of the door – the likes of Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli departing the club.

But now surely Mauricio Pochettino must start looking at further additions, especially in the final third as players such as Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon fall further away from first-team recognition.

Spanish international Callejon seems a fairly decent proposition, his experience at Real Madrid and Napoli helping him become one of the leading attacking players in Italy.

  TeamGoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAccurate Passes per GameTackles per GameAppearances
Jose Callejon Napoli 11 3 2.2 1.5 0.4 35.5 1.2 38
Nacer Chadli Tottenham 11 5 1.54 1.17 1.23 25.37 0.66 35
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 10 2 2.55 2.21 1.21 42.66 1.05 38
Erik Lamela Tottenham 2 7 1.15 1.82 1.67 28.39 1.97 33

But how does he compare to Spurs’ current attacking trio? Well, as per the table above, the 28-year-old compares favourably as he excels in a number of key attacking areas.

In 33 Serie A starts last season, the former Real Madrid ace netted 11 goals and provided three assists, a combined tally bettering both Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.

Callejon can be deployed anywhere along the frontline, with his versatility a weapon in itself as he looks to interchange with his fellow attacking midfielders behind a regular centre-forward.

While not a particularly outstanding ball-carrier, his Spanish roots are obvious in his impressive ball retention, averaging 35.5 accurate passes per match with a success rate of 84.2%.

Moreover, he isn’t shy in his defensive duties, averaging more tackles per match than two of Spurs’ attacking trio, with Lamela surprisingly tallying the highest average.

While Callejon may not be what the North Londoners need in terms of a ball-carrier, he does possess a wide range of other important traits and would undoubtedly be a good addition to Pochettino’s squad.

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