Carlos Mane would be perfect for Tottenham and he’s proving it

With Tottenham Hotspur likely to sign new wide players in the summer, Carlos Mane is the ideal candidate.

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.

Having seen what other Portuguese players have done when signing for Premier League clubs, Spurs may be wise to make a move for Mane before it is too late.

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.

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