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Tottenham Hotspur: Who is striker target Giovanni Simeone?

The Argentine striker, the son of Diego Simeone, is being linked with a move to Spurs. Who is he?


The latest news to emerge out of the Wembley camp is that Tottenham are leading the race to sign striker Giovanni Simeone, son of Diego, from Italian side Genoa.

Spurs are the only Premier League club yet to make a transfer in this window, but it seems as though they’re kicking themselves into gear with some late business.

Background

Born on the 5th July, 1995, in Madrid, Spain, Simeone is a striker who currently plays for Serie A side Genoa. He began his youth career back in 2008 in Argentina, who he has chosen to represent despite being born in Spain, at River Plate.

Simeone played in the youth squads at River until 2013, despite signing his first professional contract two years prior. He made his league debut for the club in August 2013 in a 1-0 loss away to Gimnasia La Plata and scored his first goal on the 8th September in a 3-0 home win against Tigre.

He spent the 2015/16 season on loan at fellow Argentine side Banfield, scoring 12 goals in 34 games.

In the summer of 2016 however, Simeone joined Genoa for £2.5 million having only played 27 games for River, scoring two goals. Italy saw Simeone’s fortunes change as he had a very impressive first season in Europe, scoring 12 goals in 35 games, including a brace against champions Juventus.

He has a magnificent record for Argentina’s U20 side, scoring 12 goals in 12 games, and an even more impressive six goals in three games for the U23 side.

The hardest worker

Unlike his dad, who was a midfielder that protected the defence, Simeone is a striker. However, he boasts plenty of similarities in terms of style as his dad did on the pitch.

Simeone is as hard-working as it gets, a trait Mauricio Pochettino loves to see in his players, and his passion and aggression on the pitch is exemplary, as is his will to win and improve.

The former River Plate frontman doesn’t give defenders a moment of rest and is constantly hustling and harrying them when they’re on the ball, pressing from the front, such is his energy.

This doesn’t stop when his side are in possession, moreover. Simeone is also a tireless worker when his side have the ball, forever making runs into space to offer himself as a passing option, often pulling out to the channels, either to make himself an option to pass to, or selflessly open up space for a team mate.

A real poacher

Inside the box, Simeone is a real poacher. He has a great appreciation of where and when the ball will drop and is a fantastic header of the ball with his aggression, and then possesses the composure to steer it home. 

Simeone, too, has a good finish and looks to capitalise on any chances inside the penalty area. He is an extremely direct striker, who also has good pace and strength, and could do a lot to add strength in depth up top for Spurs, and provide better competition for Harry Kane than Vincent Janssen. 

Areas to improve

The Argentine needs to improve on his on-the-ball work, often making the wrong decision of when and when not to pass, as well as improving on the consistency of his passing as well.

However, there is a strong feeling these are simply chinks in his impressive armoury that will improve with age and his sheer hard work. Simeone certainly suits Mauricio Pochettino's hard-working and pressing style and his desire to always improve will certainly impress his compatriot.

Simeone is already a good player, but has the potential to become an excellent forward for both club and country. Don't bet against Simeone reaching the top such is his desire to become the best he can be.

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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

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