Player Focus: Adrien Rabiot

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Tottenham have recently been linked with a move for PSG youngster Adrien Rabiot, and with us being unsure of his style of play and his ability, FreshSpurs specifically watched him when he played ninety minutes last Saturday in PSG’s 4-2 loss away at Bastia, where Rabiot was given ninety minutes.

The nineteen year-old has a pretty good match away at Bastia, and he grew into the game as it went on, with the holding midfielder looking solid in the opening stages, but gave away a couple or needless free-kicks, and have the ball away a couple of times in the middle of the park.

His first real action came on the nineteenth minute when he made a vital clearance before any Bastia players could pounce. Just a minute later, Rabiot was up the other end of the pitch, extending the visitors’ lead.

PSG pressed the ball, and won it back as a result, Rabiot played a quick pass and continued his run, eventually latching onto a loose ball, only needing only one touch to slide the ball the bottom corner.

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It then became apparent that he seemed a more confident player after his goal, and he looked to be a very good link between the defence and the midfield. However, I feel that he could work on turning with the ball with confidence, in order to open up a lot more options for himself when he receives the ball.

Rabiot was also very good holding a positive position in midfield when his side were in possession, giving players the option to play a little pass inside when needed. However, I feel that he drifted out of position off the ball a couple of times, caught ball-watching a little bit perhaps. These are minor things as players were back to cover him more often than not.

Despite these little improvements I have suggested, I feel that Rabiot is a very good player for his age, and would be a good fit for Tottenham, as he can hold his position in midfield well, and push forward too, and he offers the right balance between the two. Time is also on his side.

Although I think he is a very good player, do we not already have the type of player he is at the club. He is similar to Ryan Mason in the way that he can pose a threat going forward, and is also solid where he is deployed in midfield.

A six-month loan does not sound particularly appealing to me either. I think we would have to make this deal permanent if we are going to have anything to do with Rabiot. If we do not sell to make room for the midfielder, we risk having a massive midfield overload.

My final verdict is that Rabiot is a very talented player that can pose a threat going forward, as well as staying solid in the midfield. He could possibly work on minimising the amount of silly mistakes that are currently dispersed in his game. However, I do not think that the deal is right for Spurs, unless we sign him permanently, or make the deal permanent in the summer.