Brad Friedel has stated that Weston McKennie could play at “the biggest of big clubs in the Premier League” amid talk of a switch to Tottenham.
Currently with Juventus after joining them from German side Schalke in 2020, the United States international has been linked with a move to Spurs as part of a deal involving Tanguy Ndombele.
Tottenham’s French midfielder is believed to have told the club once again that he wants to leave, with football.london first revealing earlier this month that the talented player is considering his options this summer.
With a lot of clubs unlikely to be able to pay the money that Daniel Levy would want for his services after moving to N17 in a deal worth around £60million in 2019, the 24-year-old’s future remains up in the air ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Italian publication Tuttosport has claimed that Spurs’ managing director of football Fabio Paratici has discussed the idea of a swap deal involving Ndombele and McKennie, a player he knows well after luring him to Turin during his time at the Allianz Stadium.
Linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, Friedel believes that the United States star has all the attributes for a side challenging towards the top of the league.
“Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Sergiño Dest. All these guys, I coached when I was with the national team,” the former goalkeeper told Pickswise when asked if any US players would do well at Spurs.
“Josh Sargent is with Norwich now, he has the ability and the opportunity to be outstanding. I think he has the ability to go to a bigger club than Norwich, but he has to prove himself, he’s very young.
“Giovanni Reyna, who’s at Dortmund, is a very, very talented player. It’ll be interesting to see how the likes of [Richard] Ledezma and [Chris] Richards keep progressing.
“There’s a wealth of youth talent that were developed in the US between the years 2015-2019 with the youth national teams.
“There are quite a few players that will have the ability to play a little bit different. I’m not saying this is better or worse, it’s such a physical game and not every player will be suited to the Premier League, just like not every player will be suited to La Liga, which is an outstanding league, a little bit more technical if you like.
“Weston McKennie could play at any club in the Premier League right now. Tyler Adams, the same.
“I think the likes of a Weston McKennie, if he’s really focused, he could play at the biggest of big clubs in the Premier League.
“He (McKennie) has that style of play, he’s very physical, he’s very fast, he’s good in the air, good with his feet. He is a real talent.
“Tyler Adams has incredible strength and an engine on him, he’s not as tall in stature but he fears nobody. These guys could play with the biggest of the big.”
Source by Football London