Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal for 19-year-old Ajax star, do they need him?

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Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Ryan Gravenberch

According to Fichajes (h/t, Tottenham Hotspur are ‘monitoring’ the progress of Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch as Spurs plot a potential move for the 19-year-old.

Gravenberch, who has so far featured in all 5 games for the Dutch club this season, has started the season in good form and also managed to get on the scoresheet during the club’s 5-0 thrashing of Vitesse before the international break. 

The Dutchman has made it through the ranks at Ajax and broke into the senior team back in 2019 at the age of 17. Since then, the youngster has been a consistent member of the Eredivisie club’s midfield line but could it now be time for Gravenberch to make the switch to North London? Moreover, is this a good deal by Spurs? have marked the midfielder to continue his form going forward. So, does Conte need him at the middle of the park?

Tottenham Hotspur could use a player like Ryan Gravenberch

Only 19 and with tons of professional experience, Gravenberch has already made 66 appearances for Ajax since his promotion to the first team a couple of years ago. Additionally, he also featured in all of the Dutch club’s Champions League and Europa League games. Thus, the youngster is no stranger to big games and has also contributed to 17 goals in the last two years. Thus, there is no doubt about why Spurs are interested in securing the services of the talented individual.

Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch (left) broke in to Ajax's senior team back in 2019.
Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch (left) broke in to Ajax’s senior team back in 2019. (Getty Images)

A potential deal for the Dutchman could also serve Tottenham really well. Spurs currently possess the likes of Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp, and Tanguy Ndombele in their midfield line, however, the latter is yet to feature in a game for the club this season. Spurs recently orchestrated a move for Moussa Sissoko to leave the club, and Ryan Gravenberch could certainly occupy that vacancy. 

Additionally, given that Tottenham operate with three central midfielders in their 4-3-1-2 formation, there will be game-time for everybody. Moreover, since the North London club compete in nearly four competitions every season, they would need quality depth in the midfield line. With Gravenberch’s age and talent, the Dutchman could also be a mainstay at the club for several years to come.

While Tottenham also have a couple of young central midfielders like Harvey White and Nile John in their ranks, Gravenberch’s experience at such a young age makes him a different prospect to others.

Gravenberch could add to the exciting youth project at Spurs

Tottenham currently have a number of youngsters under the age of 24, namely Cristian Romero, Oliver Skipp, Bryan Gil, Pape Matar Sarr, Emerson Royal, Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga, Ryan Sessegnon, and Steven Bergwijn. 

Would Gravenberch make a good signing for Tottenham?
Would Gravenberch make a good signing for Tottenham? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Thus, these bunch of players could form a core group at the North London outfit for several more years to come, and Gravenberch will only add to this. Additionally, there is also the financial aspect of the deal for the Dutchman.

The 19-year-old will enter into the final year of his current deal at Ajax next season unless an extension is agreed during the course of this season. Thus, Spurs could have some leverage in negotiations and take advantage of the youngster’s contract situation to carry out a move for the player. 

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Spurs added smartly to their squad this summer by bringing in young players and also managing to keep Harry Kane at the club, despite interest from Manchester City. Gravenberch has proved his talent at Ajax in the last two years, and if he has another good year at the Dutch club, the North London outfit would be clever to add the central midfielder to their ranks.