Barcelona have been looking into the Tottenham duo of Sessegnon and Ndombele for a while to improve their squad
Barcelona will be ready to take a risk for Tanguy Ndombele with the former Lyon man struggling for play time under Jose Mourinho. With Dany Levy being a smart businessman,Tottenham would be happy to structure a player-swap deal. Ndombele was signed for £55 million in the summer of 2019 in what was seen as a coup, but the 23-year-old has not yet settled at Spurs under either Pochettino or Mourinho. Sessegnon was a bargain signing from Fulham but has failed to consolidate his place in the side.
How will Ndombele and Sessegnon fit into Barcelona’s system?
Ndombele is the direct replacement for Rakitic alongside Pjanic who was part of the swap deal for Arthur to Juventus. There is lack of midfield creativity in Barcelona’s midfield with De Jong,the only top performer. At one time this team was dominated by the likes of Xavi,Iniesta and Busquets,but now it is the weak link of an under-performing side.
But his combination of raw power and direct, yet accurate dribbling is so, so rare. The Frenchman is also a gifted passer of the ball. Simply put, he is a powerhouse who can set the world alight if he is in the right formation and team.Ndombele has an impressive creative switch in him. His excellent positional and tactical understanding allows him to not only be a threat in transition but to be used higher up the pitch in the attacking phases.
According to Football Analysis,boasting 5.65 dribbles per game with a 81.6% completion rate, he is a natural and dangerous dribbler. His neat dribbling, combined with his impressive strength allows him to be a serious threat whilst on the ball. Under pressure, nobody excels like Ndombele, due to his impressive balance and upper-body strength.With 52.22 passes per game at an impressive 89.1% success rate, he has the ability to cut open sides and manipulate possession. With 8.66 successful passes into the final third, the Frenchman is a progressive passer.
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Like Ndombele, Sessegnon has endured a difficult first season at Tottenham and is yet to play post-lockdown.In his career, he has averaged one shot and one dribble per game, and that natural explosiveness and pace would give Spurs a different dimension.The 20-year-old does not feature in Mourinho’s immiedate plans but the Tottenham boss personally intervened to block any potential transfer to Barcelona.
While it is highly likely Sessegnon will be loaned out next season to get regular playing time, Tottenham still believe the youngster has a big part to play at the club going forward.After a sensational 2018/18 season in the Championship that saw him register 16 goals and 8 assists, Sessegnon was expected to announce himself as one of the premier young talents in Europe but he is still not unlocked his full potential. He would take over the right-back position fom Semedo and Roberto both struggling for form.
Sessegnon is comfortable running at opposition players, as his 1.25 successful dribbles per 90 shows. With his pace and dribbling threat, Sessegnon is capable of pinning opposition defenses back and creating space for himself and his teammates to exploit.To add to his attacking prowess, Sessegnon possesses a fierce work rate. This is the primary reason that he has been deployed as a fullback despite the fact that his strengths mainly lie in attack. He has the necessary physical attributes and mentality to stay with tricky wingers and assist his team defensively.
He occupies either the wide or central spaces depending on the position of his teammates and is an active presence off the ball as he tries to find room to receive the ball and attack quickly and directly.However, he is not a particularly accomplished defender and is not adept at winning back possession or preventing opposition players from creating chances. Instead, Sessegnon’s defensive work is more useful when pressing or doubling up on a player, something he routinely did when dropping back from a more attacking position to assist a specialist left-back.