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“England would tempt me anyway. But that’s always there is in the future.
“Hoffenheim is the first contact. There is still enough time (on my contract). I’m not worried.”
The striker’s comments will no doubt see such links to Spurs and the Saints resurface. However, after Claude Puel landed Manolo Gabbiadini in the winter window it’s more than likely that most reports will concentrate on the apparent interest from White Hart Lane.
With this in mind we’ve decided to take a look at what Uth would offer Maurcio Pochettino and whether or not these links have much credence to them.
On the Football Whispers Index the move is rated at a 1.5 having dropped from a 2.4 towards the end of last week. It means not many outlets are talking about this potential move and those that are aren’t the most reliable.
Such a score adds further weight to the claims that his interview with Bild wasn’t nothing more than a negotiation tactic by the player to put pressure on the club with his current deal expiring in 2018.
Mark Uth Stylistically
The versatile forward, who can lead the line but also play in wide areas, joined Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015 after a successful spell in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen. He cost the German club a reported £1.5million but given he was coming off the back of a prolific season in which he scored 20 goals and grabbed 11 assists, it was a bargain price.
The club struggled during his debut campaign with the club and they finished 15th, just four points clear of the relegation play-off that teams play in Germany. He appeared in just 1403 minutes of Bundesliga action, the equivalent of 15 90-minute matches, but still managed eight goals and one assist.
He was involved in a goal every 155 minutes. It does to show he settled in with his new club fairly quickly.
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This season has been similar in the sense although he’s not featured heavily he’s still managed to deliver when he’s been on the pitch. Injuries have seen him miss close to three months of the season, so his 2016/17 hasn’t really got going and it’s the main reason he’s only seen 838 minutes this term.
However, despite this he’s still been involved in eight goals (six goals and two assists).
His goal return is even more impressive when you factor in that the striker, during his time with Hoffenheim, only averages 1.7 shots per 90-minutes. For added context, Spurs hitman Harry Kane is averaging 3.3 shots this season in all competitions.
Off of the ball he does a job too, he’s won 1.8 tackles and interceptions over the past two seasons compared to Harry Kane’s 1.2 over the same period.
Uth wins 0.7 aerial duels, completes 0.8 dribbles and plays 0.8 key passes. All of these stats are his averages since the beginning of 2015/16 and all are per 90-minutes. Kane comes out on top in all three categories with 1.6 aerial duels, 1.2 dribbles and 1.3 key passes.
The pass success rate isn’t too dissimilar with Uth on 73 per cent and Kane on 72.7 per cent. The Spurs no.10 does attempt six more passes though per 90-minutes.
That’s how the former Köln striker fares against the club’s best. But you would imagine that he would he’d be more of a supplement as opposed to a direct rival to Kane’s throne.
There’s a Javier Hernandez feel about him the way he manipulates the defensive lines with his clever movement. Every club could do with one of those players. The sort they can throw on and you just know if he’s given an opportunity he will more than likely finish it.
Furthermore, he’s unpredictable. He scores a variety of goals and he makes the opposition second guess themselves. Get tight and he’ll run you. Give him space and he has the ability to make you regret it, even from distance.
In the pictures above you get to see how Uth positions himself intelligently between full-back and centre-back and then angles his run to make the most of a disjointed defensive line.
He attacks the space in behind, picks up the pass and fires home the ball on his cannon of a left foot to put the home side in front after only four minutes.
The pass, which cuts through the Mainz defence, is rightly praised but without Uth’s clever movement there’s no opportunity.
Mainz must hate him. The two pictures above are taken from the reverse fixture from at the start of the season. The home side had been 4-1 up but a header from Uth got Hoffenheim back into the game.
This time he shows what he’s able to do without having acres of space to attack in behind. He positions himself between the defence and the midfield and makes an angle to receive the pass between the lines. He turns on the ball and carries it forward before unleashing another spectacular drive from distance which beats the ‘keeper.
It doesn’t result in a goal but Uth’s clever run across the face of the full-back against Schalke creates space in the penalty area which Hoffenheim almost make the most of. He receives the pass, spins on the ball and looks to play a return ball to the man who has attacked the space he created. Unfortunately it’s cut out but the idea was there.
He’s the sort who could play alongside Kane having playing as part of a two for Hoffenheim in their 3-5-2 formation. However, it’s his ability to play from a wide area which may be of interest to Pochettino. The team have missed a left footed player in the absence of Erik Lamela and adding a goal threat there gives Spurs the opportunity to play Christian Eriksen in a more central area.
For the rumoured £6million he could be a shrewd buy and he would, on paper, fit the Spurs team a lot better than Vincent Janssen. However, with no solid links it doesn’t look like it’s one to look out for just yet.