What does Norwegian forward Antonio Nusa bring to Spurs? Transfer talks advance

Tottenham are looking more likely to make a move for Club Brugge's attacker Antonio Nusa before the close of the January transfer window, but why is Ange so interested in the 18-year-old?
UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24Besiktas JK v Club Brugge
UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24Besiktas JK v Club Brugge / ANP/GettyImages

Per reports from Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano (via The Spurs Web), Tottenham have already held two meetings with Nusa's club in order to negotiate a deal to bring the player to North London. However, as Romano also reports, the player is not looking to leave the club this month, and as such it could be the case that the teams are crafting a deal that would see Nusa join Spurs permanently this summer.

Alasdair Gold of Football.London commented on January 20 that no bid was officially offered during the first rounds of talks:

"Whether Tottenham's interest advances beyond their initial talks with Brugge this week, where they expressed their interest in the player, remains to be seen, with reports in Belgium suggesting that a deal for around £30million plus a loan back for the rest of the season would be enough to secure the highly-rated teenager."

The deal could certainly replicate the one for Destiny Udogie, which saw the player return immediately to Udinese after his purchase for a season-long loan spell, although in this case the hypothetical loan would last merely until the end of the season.

Tottenham just brought Timo Werner into their squad, however, raising the question: why bring in another attacker so shortly after?

One answer can be found in the way in which Spurs have found their goals this season: from all over the pitch. With a plethora of attacking players in central, wing, and even defensive roles, "Ange-ball" is a tactical setup which leaves oppositions vulnerable to conceding no matter who is on the ball.

A second reason might also involve the poor luck the club have had with injuries across the past few months, and by increasing squad depth Ange might be able to save himself from future crises of the sort.

Thirdly, it has recently been confirmed that Ivan Perisic will be leaving North London to join Hajduk Split in the Croatian First League. Along a similar vein, team captain Son Heung-min, while still at the club and scoring goals prolifically, is only growing older as the years progress.

Ange has often commented on the fact that he's working to build something at Tottenham. What would logically follow from this is an influx of young talent like Nusa, which is exactly what we are witnissing.

Spurs' new manager has been true to his word about transfer priorities and his vision for the club moving forward, as evidenced by all of the signings which took place this past summer, along with the recent additions of Werner and Dragusin.

Other clubs are showing interest in Nusa, perhaps most notably Newcastle who are reported to be in the midst of formulating a hijack of the deal, with Football Insider reporting that Miguel Almiron has agreed terms with Al-Shabab. A signing like Nusa would make a lot of sense for Eddie Howe's side in the absence of Almiron and in the midst of a similar injury crisis to the one Ange has felt.

If a deal is going to take place, there's only a week left to complete it.