Tottenham have signed defender Radu Dragusin in a £26.7m (€31m) deal from Genoa after the Romania worldwide selected to hitch Spurs over Bayern Munich.
Spurs beat off late competitors from the German champions to conclude a deal that can see them pay an preliminary £21.5m (€25m) plus £5.2m (€6m) in add-ons to Genoa.
Napoli had additionally registered an curiosity in Dragusin, who has signed a six-and-a-half-year take care of Spurs.
A centre-back signing had been a precedence for Spurs this month after the membership’s lack of canopy within the place had been uncovered in latest weeks.
The 21-year-old – labelled “the Romanian Virgil van Dijk” in Italy – turns into Ange Postecoglou’s second January signing after the arrival of forward Timo Werner on loan until the end of the season.
Italian soccer skilled Mina Rzouki tells Sky Sports activities about what Tottenham followers can anticipate from their new centre-back, who overcame rejection at Juventus – and why he turned down Bayern Munich…
‘What stands out about Dragusin is his dimension’
Let’s begin with the great things. He’s an attention-grabbing character as straightaway when he was at Juventus, and was handed his debut by Andrea Pirlo, what stood out was his dimension.
He is so tall and has received nice physique. It is actually tough to win a duel towards him. He owns every part on an aerial stage. He is very sturdy and aggressive in his kind of defending.
Pirlo needed him to coach with the first-team squad to enhance his approach and what you see at Genoa is that he now higher on the ball.
He isn’t a ball-playing defender, and isn’t somebody who’s going to progress the ball on his personal on the again, however he delivers an incredible lengthy cross, but it surely’s additionally very tough to dribble previous him.
He isn’t tremendous quick however quick sufficient however he will be tough to beat at set items and he loves to attain a objective. He just lately scored the equaliser towards Inter Milan to make sure Genoa earned some extent.
One factor that everybody who has ever labored with Dragusin has informed me that the very first thing they discover is his dimension, however secondly and most significantly it’s his character that has stood out.
Everybody talks about his exemplary professionalism, how laborious he works, how a lot he’s prepared to study and enhance.
It is so uncommon to seek out today while you’re searching for gamers. He understands what it takes to be the most effective and he’s working day by day to enhance the abilities he has.
One factor to notice is that Genoa play in another way to Tottenham as they do not wish to maintain possession and like to strike you on the counter-attack.
Dragusin made his debut within the Champions League towards Dynamo Kyiv however on the time his household could not come and cheer him from the sidelines because of the Covid pandemic in 2020.
As destiny would have it as a Romanian participant, he was enjoying towards probably the most extremely adorned Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu.
On the time, Fabio Paratici was the sporting director at Juventus and Andrea Pirlo was initially employed to be the Below -23 head coach. Each had been massive followers of his. When he was employed to the primary staff, Pirlo needed to take him with him.
He did not find yourself enjoying too many video games, however the debut was an enormous deal for him on the time. His mom mentioned she was screaming on the telly of their home on the time.
He comes from an enormous sporting household, as his mom represented Romania in basketball, his father was a volleyball participant and his sister additionally performed basketball.
It is within the genes when you wish to having sporting self-discipline as he made his technique to Genoa, the place he performed nearly each single minute final season. They’d the second finest defence in Serie B, and that is why they had been promoted.
Why did he flip down Bayern?
Dragusin’s agent mentioned he could not consider his participant turned down Bayern but it surely’s one thing to notice in regards to the participant that he did give his phrase to Ange Potecoglou and he has honoured it.
That is a part of his character however he is adopted the Premier League intently and it is the league he is all the time needed to hitch.
He feels it is going to go well with his abilities completely. It additionally has loads to do with the character of the coach. He spoke beforehand about his relationship with Pirlo.
Bayern got here within the final hundred metres and it was tough to alter our determination. We’re a little bit confused, to show down Bayern, but it surely was what Radu and his household needed.
What stood out for him was the best way that he approached the dressing room so calmly. He was by no means an authoritarian who shouted and screamed at his gamers however simply commanded respect.
He was encouraging and motivating. He discovered that thrilling to work with. He needed to please him and he needed to work with him.
He discovered that at Genoa working underneath Alberto Gilardino. He is very liked within the dressing room, and will really feel he has discovered the identical factor with Postecoglou at Spurs.
What is going to Dragusin provide Spurs?
Dragusin joined Juventus on the age of 16 after excelling in Romania for Actual Sport Bucharest. The 21-year-old’s calmness on the ball in tight areas and commanding shows have resulted in comparisons with Van Dijk.
You’d anticipate such a praise about somebody who can full a Rubik’s Dice in 45 seconds. Dragusin has began each Serie A recreation this season and excels within the air – rating third within the league for profitable aerial duels.
Solely Cagliari’s Alberto Dossena has accomplished extra clearances, whereas Dragusin additionally poses a risk on the different finish of the pitch – rating ninth for headed photographs.
The centre-back has been deployed in a again three at Genoa however can play throughout that line.
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