Joshua Zirkzee to Spurs?
The ex-Bayern Munich forward, who now plays his club football for Italian Serie A side Bologna, has been linked with a move to Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur this January.
The 2024 January transfer window is coming to a close, with the English deadline being on Thursday, 1st February 2024, at precisely 11pm. This particular transfer window has been a relatively quiet one for most of the 20 clubs in the Premier League, except for Spurs, who have made two signings over the last few weeks.
The first signing was ex-Chelsea and current RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, who decided to join Spurs on loan for the remainder of the season with an option to buy at the conclusion of the 2023/24 season. The Dutchman had an excellent debut for the Lilywhites, providing an assist in the club’s 2 – 2 draw against Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United at Old Trafford on 14th January 2024.
Tottenham’s second and most recent January signing was Genoa’s Romanian central defender Radu Dragusin. Dragusin joined the North London club shortly after Werner, signing permanently for Ange Postecoglou’s side for a reported initial fee of €25 million (£21.4 million). He also made a solid debut performance against United at the Theatre Of Dreams.
Aside from these two players, plenty of transfer rumours have been doing the rounds, one of which has linked Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee with a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month.
The fee reported to be required to acquire his services stands at €40 million (£34 million), according to Football Fancast. This fee is reported to be the release clause in his contract with Bologna.
The Dutch forward joined from Bavarian heavyweights Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window ahead of the 2022/23 season for a reported fee of €8.5 million (£7.25 million). So far this season, 2023/24, Zirkzee has scored 8 goals and got 4 assists in 22 appearances in all competitions. 7 of these goals and 2 of these assists have come in the forward’s 19 Serie A appearances.
As of the time of writing, Joshua Zirkzee and Bologna currently occupy 7th place in the Italian top flight, with 33 points accumulated from their 20 matches to date.
Let’s rewind to the beginning of Joshua Zirkzee’s career, which began in youth football. Firstly, he joined VV Hekelingen (2007 – 2010), then Spartaan ’20 (2010 – 2013) who were followed by ADO Den Haag (2013 – 2016), Feyenoord (2016 – 2017) and then Bayern Munich, who he joined back in 2017.
In the 2017/18 campaign, Joshua made 16 appearances in the Under 17 Bundesliga South/Southwest, scoring 15 goals and getting 9 assists. He helped his side to a 1st place finish after accumulating 61 points from 26 matches, winning the title on goal difference ahead of Stuttgart’s Under 17s side.
He continued to be clinical in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring 12 goals and getting 2 assists in the Under 19 Bundesliga South/Southwest. Fast forward to the 2019/20 campaign, and he was finally making first-team appearances for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
In that season, he scored 4 goals and got 1 assist in his 9 appearances in the German top flight, which saw the Bavarians secure yet another Bundesliga title after getting 82 points from 34 matches. They finished 13 points clear of runners-up and arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund.
After sporadic appearances for Bayern, Joshua Zirkzee was sent out on a season-long loan to Belgian heavyweights Anderlecht for the duration of the 2021/22 campaign. Throughout that season, the Dutch forward would score 16 goals and get 11 assists in the Belgian Pro League alone. The efforts of him and his teammates helped the club to a 3rd place finish with 64 points from 34 matches.
He left Bayern for Bologna ahead of the 2022/23 campaign in Serie A. Last season, he scored 2 goals and got 2 assists in 21 appearances for the club. This season, with 7 goals and 2 assists in 19 league matches, Joshua Zirkzee has really found his feet in Italian football.
Spurs’ next game will see them face Manchester City in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday evening in a 20:00 Kick-Off. There is then a home Premier League game against Thomas Frank’s Brentford on Wednesday, 31st January, in a 19:30 Kick-Off.
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