Noni Madueke, 19, broke through Tottenham’s academy before deciding to join Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2018. After progressing through their youth system, he has established himself in the PSV first-team and emerged as one of Europe’s exciting young talents.
After starring with nine goals and eight assists in 32 games across all competitions last season, the teenager has started the 2021/22 campaign in blistering form under Roger Schmidt. The wide forward has scored five times in seven games and also supplied an assist so far for the Eredivisie club.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham remain keen on bringing back Noni Madueke, who has impressed in PSV Eindhoven’s Champions League qualifiers with two goals and an assist. His performance against Benfica in the Champions League qualifier on Wednesday was watched by scouts from Europe’s top clubs, including Juventus.
However, PSV Eindhoven’s £30-34m valuation of their teenage sensation may prove difficult for Tottenham and other English clubs to splash in this transfer window.
Noni Madueke to Tottenham—What will he add to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side?
Tottenham started the new Premier League campaign in fine fashion, beating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 1-0 at home last weekend. However, the north Londoners were pulled back down to earth on Thursday following a shock 1-0 loss to Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League play-off first leg.
While Nuno Espirito Santo fielded an entirely different XI to that against Manchester City, Spurs were expected to win in Portugal. That just further documents the lack of strength in depth at Spurs, despite the summer additions of Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil and Pierluigi Gollini.
In Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Bryan Gil and young Dane Scarlett, the Spurs boss has decent options to start in attack but very little to rely on from the bench. There’s a clear need for more attacking options if Spurs are to get into the top four this season.
With that said, a move for Noni Madueke makes perfect sense. The teenage prodigy has earned rave reviews during his time in the Netherlands, lighting up the Eredivisie with his pace, movement, dribbling and finishing last season.
The England U-21 international, equally adept at playing off wide right or down the middle, can find time and space in the opponent’s box and has developed the natural instincts of a goal-scorer under the guidance of PSV Eindhoven’s U-19 coach Ruud van Nistelrooy. Madueke could be effective alongside playmakers like Son and Alli, and help increase Spurs’ productivity in front of goal.
With Kane’s future at Tottenham uncertain amid interest from Manchester City, Nuno must prioritise strengthening his attack before the transfer window closes down. Noni Madueke is an exciting youngster who cannot be expected to replace a goal-scoring giant in Kane, but there have been obvious signs to suggest that he has got the potential to make a name for himself in English football in the long-term.
Tottenham completing a raid on PSV Eindhoven for the prodigiously talented Noni Madueke could be a shrewd piece of business and one that might pay off handsomely for their long-term plans moving forward under Nuno.