De Sciglio would have been the perfect Kyle Walker replacement at Tottenham

General view outside Wembley stadium before the match

Tottenham Hotspur should have signed Mattia De Sciglio before he moved from AC Milan to Juventus in the summer transfer window.

Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City in the summer transfer window means that Tottenham Hotspur need to sign a right-back ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

As things stand, Kieran Trippier is the first-choice right-back at Tottenham, but for the North London outfit to be successful next season, they need to get someone in who can at least challenge the 26-year-old.

Mattia De Sciglio would have been the perfect replacement for Walker at Spurs, and the Italy international would have cost the Premier League club just over £10 million.

Italy's Mattia De Sciglio scores in the penalty shootout

Earlier this month, De Sciglio joined Juventus from Italian rivals AC Milan for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £10.6 million.

Perhaps that could have had something to do with Leonardo Bonucci moving the other way, but maybe if Tottenham had been proactive, then they could have landed the 24-year-old instead of Juventus.

De Sciglio has not progressed as much as he was expected to when he initially broke into the Milan team and was able to make just 23 Serie A starts last season, but the Italian has the talent and the potential to be a huge success in the future.

Italy's Mattia De Sciglio in action as Italy head coach Antonio Conte looks on

Given that he is only 24 years of age, the Italy international has time on his hand to improve and develop further. Then there is his versatility; De Sciglio can play in both full-back positions, although he is at his best at right-back.

Since making his senior debut in 2013, the defender has earned 31 caps for the Italy national football team. De Sciglio is tactically strong, reads the game well, makes and wins tackles, and is also brilliant going forward. The Italian would have perfect in competing with Trippier for a spot in the starting lineup at Spurs.

Injuries in recent years have affected the 24-year-old’s progress, but if he has been deemed good enough for Italian and European giants Juventus, then he would have been good for Tottenham as well.

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