Who is Nicolò Zaniolo and why is he being linked to Conte’s lily whites?
Written by Josh Dolan
Zaniolo is 23 years old and is regarded as one of the best young talents in Italy but his progress has been halted recently due to two ACL injuries but recently the young Italian has been fit and firing for Mourinho’s Roma.
Conte, Paratici and Levy have been searching for a young attacking minded midfielder who can provide plenty of goal threat and Zaniolo is a great example of this. Zaniolo brings strength, speed and composure in the final third, a perfect balance.
Zaniolo had his first season back last season since his second ACL injury and got 17 goals/assists which is pushing towards the numbers he was getting before his injuries which is an amazing sign. Zaniolo was operated on his ACL by the same doctor who operated on Serial winner and Italian captain Giorgio Chiellini and is regarded as the ‘best around’ as the Italian captain has had nothing wrong his ACL after his successful operation.
Zaniolo put on a show in the UEFA Conference League Final scoring the decisive goal to bring glory to Rome. He played with elegance and composure and certainly caught my eye.
Zaniolo has the ability to play as a ’10’ or play on the right, this would bring excellent flexibility to Conte’s attackers. Zaniolo is definitely a Conte player as he is a ‘physical freak’ he’s unplayable his desire and work rate set him above others. But his two major injuries are certainly and issue. Zaniolo is certainly a player who I’d love to see at Tottenham next season and could become the missing piece to Tottenham’s puzzle.
Now, the choice may lie with Tottenham, will they push for James Maddison or Nicolo Zaniolo?