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Diawara, Carroll, and loans

Diawara, Carroll, And Loans

Diawara, Carroll and loans

We have been linked with a move for 18-year-old (19 in July) Amadou Diawara, the Guinean defensive midfielder who plays for Bologna.

Stories in Italy suggest that the Italian former football player turned director of football, currently working for Italian Serie A club Roma, Walter Sabatini, has been busy already. It is thought he has had negotiations with two clubs, Bologna, and Fiorentina, that could affect three players and bring Amadou Diawara to Roma. The other two moves to make that move happen are Leandro Paredes on loan to Bologna, Adem Ljajic returning to Fiorentina.

Ljajic is a 24-year-old Serbian who has been playing for Inter as an attacking midfielder on loan from Roma. Paredes is a 21-year-old Argentine midfielder who has been playing for Empoli on loan from Roma.

There are also reports in Italy that say his agent Daniel Piraino and Jesus Garcia Pitarch, sporting director of Valencia have met with the Spanish club wanting to take him to La Liga after he surprised everyone with the maturity of his performances.

You do get the impression from the outside that clubs help each other out more in Italy. They can, of course, part own players with third parties or even co-own a player with another Italian club, just as Juventus co-own Tottenham-linked Domenico Berardi with Sassuolo. Roma wants a player and finds a solution that is acceptable to a club with less money. I certainly think that with promoted teams or teams who struggle financially that youngsters could not be loaned out more.

Diawara, Carroll and loans

We have kept Carroll just in case it seems and he'll be out of contract at the end of June, would a loan deal to January with a small option to buy fee not been a better use of him? I don't see him staying at Spurs, he can't handle the defensive side yet, either at Swansea or ourselves so unless he is moved into the central attacking midfield role, which I have previously expressed as thinking he would be best in, then he simply isn't good enough. 

We could get into a great discussion on development and how he might improve when playing the Dembele role, but how long do you wait, that should have been done before now. His failure to go on loan to Ajax when Eriksen arrived demonstrated to me he doesn't have the mentality to be the player his technical ability suggests he should be by now.


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