Borussia Monchengladbach star attracts interest of Premier League giants

Alassane Plea, Borussia Monchengladbach (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
Alassane Plea, Borussia Monchengladbach (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images) /

Thanks to his impressive form, the Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea is catching the eyes of numerous English clubs, including Manchester United, Spurs, and Arsenal…

The Frenchman is enjoying a fantastic campaign for Borussia Monchengladbach, who got back to their winning ways on the weekend with a victory over Frankfurt, with Plea bagging a goal in the first minute. He’s been a vital part of their success this term, where Monchengladbach currently sits third in Bundesliga.

According to German outlet Bild, Plea is attracting serious interest from the Red Devils, Spurs, and the Gunners, with Leicester City, also said to be in the race for his signature this summer. The 27-year old has formed a lethal partnership up top with Marcus Thuram for Borussia Monchengladbach, where the two have had a hand directly in 31 of their team’s 52 league goals this season.

Plea has netted seven goals while also tallying nine assists, proving to be a versatile asset to Marco Rose’s side. That brilliance in the final third has Premier League clubs taking notice, with Tottenham said to be the keenest on his talents currently. It’s believed that he would be available for around 35 to 40 million euros, which is definitely a possibility for any of these four English clubs, even with the effects of Coronavirus on the transfer market.

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After making the move to Germany from Ligue 1 side Nice last season, Plea has been a consistent finisher and playmaker since his arrival, having scored 12 times and also adding four assists in 35 league appearances in 2018-19. At Borrusia Monchengladbach, he plays more of a central role, but with the French side, he was deployed mostly on the left-wing because Mario Balotelli was Nice’s number nine. However, Plea has thrived in his new position in Germany. With the ability to play numerous different positions across the front, it’s only going to help his case if he does leave for England this summer.

Plea has every trait you could want in a striker. His combination of speed, skill, and physical presence has him considered as one of the finest attackers in Germany’s top flight. He’s also a very bright player who is unselfish, always willing to make the necessary through ball when possible. Plea and Thuram are single-handily the reason that Borussia Monchengladbach is such a lethal side this season, fitting perfectly into Marco Rose’s attacking-driven style of football.

Would Tottenham be a good landing spot?

Jose Mourinho’s squad has struggled this season because of many injuries to key players, such as Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. The club still has a lot of debt from their new stadium, so there’s a high chance they won’t be very busy this summer, especially with Coronavirus still looming. But given that Plea would come at a relatively feasible price, he could be a solid add.

Tottenham has their issues in midfield and defense, but they also don’t have any quality strikers who can fill in when Kane or Son are injured. Plea could fit in perfectly, giving Spurs a deadly finisher and playmaker who is capable of holding the ball up in the final third and creating chances with his high football IQ.

United also seems possible

Jadon Sancho continues to be the Red Devils number one target this summer, but Ed Woodward has made it clear that big transfers just aren’t realistic in the upcoming transfer window. They’ve also set their sights on Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, but he would also cost a hefty amount.

Plea would be somewhat of a bargain for Man United while adding another clinical attacker who can contribute to the side in a number of ways. Although he isn’t a very well-known player outside of Germany, he would be a nice fit at Old Trafford with their current strikers like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

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Whether Alassane Plea moves elsewhere this summer or not, it won’t be long until we see the 27-year old make his mark in another top league in Europe, having already proven his worth in France and Germany.