What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claim that both Fabio Paratici and AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini will be keeping an eye on the Ajax forward during the Qatar World Cup – where the 22-year-old will line up against the likes of Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H with Ghana.
The report goes on to state that the Serie A side will also cast their eye over one of Antonio Conte’s current squad members, Pape Matar Sarr, who is set to feature against Qatar, Ecuador and the Netherlands in Group A with Senegal.
Conte’s next “star boy”
Considering the fact that Conte currently lacks a forward-thinking central midfielder in his Tottenham squad, coupled with just how impressive Kudus has been for Ajax so far this season, the argument that Paratici simply must sanction a swoop for the 22-year-old in January is an easy one to make.
Indeed, over his 14 Eredivisie fixtures in 2022/23 – only five of which have come as starts – the £10k-per-week talent has been in exceptional form, hitting the back of the net on five separate occasions, in addition to taking an average of 1.8 shots, making 0.4 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles – at a success rate of 70% – per game.
These returns have seen the “star boy” who “can’t stop scoring” – in the words of Kwame Benaiah – average an eye-catching SofaScore match rating of 6.90, currently ranking him as Alfred Schreuder’s 13th-best performer in the top flight of Dutch football.
The Ghanaian starlet also impressed over his six Champions League appearances this term, with the “really special” attacker scoring four goals – against the likes of Liverpool, Napoli and Rangers – and providing his teammates with two assists, as well as taking an average of 1.3 shots, making 0.8 key passes and completing 1.8 dribbles – at a success rate of 79% – per game.
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These metrics have seen the former Nordsjaelland sensation average a quite breathtaking SofaScore match rating of 7.22, ranking him as De Godenzonen’s second-best performer in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
As such, should Kudus also go on to explode on the biggest stage of international football in Qatar this month, it would indeed appear an extremely wise move for Paratici to launch an offensive for the Ajax talent this winter, as the 22-year-old would undoubtedly fulfil a role at Tottenham that Conte currently lacks in the middle of the park.