Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that it would make no sense if Tottenham Hotspur were to sign Nicolo Zaniolo and utilise him at wing-back.
According to 90min, Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur have had an offer rejected by Roma for Nicolo Zaniolo, as the proposed offer was a loan deal with an obligation to buy of around £29.5m.
There have been reports stating that Spurs were keen on using Zaniolo as a right-wing back this season, and since then, it has come to the surface that Roma are not keen on letting him leave the club this summer transfer window.
With the reports claiming that Spurs would use Zaniolo as a wing-back this summer, Jones spoke to GiveMeSport and claimed that it would make no sense as they already have three players that can play in that position.
“One of the things that concerns me is Zaniolo as a right wing-back has been talked about. It makes absolutely no sense.
“I mean, Tottenham have already got three players that can play that position, and that’s not the best use of Zaniolo from everything I’ve seen of him,” Jones said.
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TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
Zaniolo was a mainstay in the Roma side last season, he made 42 appearances in all competitions, where he found the back of the net eight times and registered nine assists, so it might have come as a surprise to hear that Conte would utilise him at wing-back.
Spurs already have Emerson Royal, Djed Spence, and Matt Doherty who occupy the right wing-back role and with Spence being a new addition, this adds fuel to the fire as to how bizarre the option to play the Italian 23-year-old at wing-back really is.
However, if they did sign Zaniolo, he could provide cover in a variety of attacking positions, as he featured on the wing and as a second striker last season, so he could be a versatile option for Conte.