Tottenham are looking to acquire the services of Sweden Under-17 international Valmir Berisha, a player branded "the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic," according to reports.
As noted by Sam Adams of Mirror Football, the impressive youngster’s recent showings at the U-17 World Cup have caught the eye of Spurs scouts:
The youngster, who reportedly holds both Swedish and Kosovan nationality, has attracted attention from some of Europe's leading clubs since breaking onto the scene.
Spurs will face serious competition to land his signature.
Berisha plays for Halmstads in the Allsvenskan and has recently garnered major attention for his creative performances in the aforementioned youth tournament.
His backheel winner during Sweden’s quarterfinal win over Honduras was reminiscent of Ibrahimovic, who is known for his flamboyant style. While comparisons to Ibrahimovic may be premature, the starlet has an impressive record throughout the various stages of his short career.
As noted on Transfermarkt, Berisha’s four goals and two assists in nine Under-19 Allsvenskan games suggests the striker can excel against older opponents.
Indeed, his single goal in two matches for Halmstads’ Under-21 side further adds to this argument, highlighting a player who flaunts the skill and the mental capacity to perform beyond his age group.
Berisha hit seven goals in seven games during the U-17 World Cup, including a hat-trick in Sweden’s 4-1 dismantling of Argentina, and he finished as the tournament’s top scorer, per ESPN FC.
Breaking his stats down further, Berisha scored 46.7 percent of Sweden’s 15 goals in the United Arab Emirates, reported by Soccerway.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas recently strengthened his striking options with the purchase of Roberto Soldado, but the Spaniard has struggled to gain significant momentum since joining from Valencia.
Three of his four goals in 11 games have come from the penalty spot, per WhoScored, indicating the Portuguese manager could look for additional talent in the January transfer window.
Jermain Defoe continues to fulfill a bit-part role, something that has promoted discussion of his possible move to Toronto, per James Dickenson of the Express.
While Berisha is unlikely to receive first-team football in the near future, Spurs will underline their emphasis on youth development with the exciting player's acquisition.
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