Tresor Mputu: "African Sensation" On the Brink of the Premiership?

K ShakranSenior Analyst INovember 10, 2008

Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers are set to contest for the signature of Congolese ace Tresor Mputu, according to Skysports.

Mputu, who currently plays for TP Mazembe of his native nation, has been primed to move to Europe since last season, when he finished top scorer in the CAF Champions League.

"We are currently sorting out a visa for Tresor to come over to England and he should be here by Thursday," Mputu's agent Severin Bohuis said.

"He is due to go and train with Blackburn once he receives his visa, but there are loads of clubs interested in him as he is one the best players in Africa. Tottenham are interested in him and we will see what happens at Blackburn."

In addition to Spurs and Rovers, Mputu has been linked with Arsenal, Anderlecht, Olympiakos and Hull City throughout 2008.

However, a deal was never sealed by the 22-year-old forward, who was also in talks with Egyptian champions Ahly in the summer.


Highlights of the Congo Ace

  • Incredible speed on the wings, and very effective in the 18-yard box. 
  • Plays more of a central attacking midfielder than he does as a solid striker.
  • Has the amazing ability to break defenses down.
  • He is very skinny and rather short, however, which makes him vulnerable of getting defensively harassed.
  • Top goal scorer in the African Champions League in 2007.
  • Played with his national team at the age of 20 in the 2006 African Cup Of Nations.
  • Has the scoring ability of Samuel Eto'o, the quickness of Messi, and the creating ability of Xavi. Barcelona anyone?
  • Congo coach Claude Le Roy explained the new African sensation as the "new Samuel Eto'o."
  • Gained some heavy praise from Arsene Wenger during his 10 day trial with Arsenal earlier this year.
  • Adaptability, as with every African player entering the grinding European leagues, remains a question to be addressed.

Sources include "MTN Champions League" and "CongoCongo"