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The Academy: Antonio Nusa - The Rising Star Causing A Stir At Club Brugge.




After failing to secure a move to either Tottenham Hotspur or Brentford in the recently closed winter transfer window, and having had a £23m bid from Chelsea rejected in the summer of 2023, it will only be a matter of time before Antonio Nusa makes his way to one of Europe's top leagues with the interest rife for a player who has made an impression in Belgium at club side Club Brugge.




Antonio Nusa (18)

Date of Birth: 17 April 2005

Height: 180cm / 5 ft 9"

Clubs: Stabæk (2018 - 2021), Club Brugge (2021 - present)

Norway International: 4 appearances, 1 goal.

Preferred Foot: Right

Position: Forward (LW/RW/CAM)



Following his move from his native land two and a half years ago, Antonio Nusa has been catching the eye of the best European clubs and it's easy to see why. The Belgian teenager (18) describes his style of play, in his own words, as a someone who like to cause 'chaos' on the pitch.



An attacking player who has made his name on the flanks, he has demonstrated exceptional dribbling ability and is aided by phenomenal acceleration. He is used to getting past his man and doing this on a regular basis while playing in the Belgian Pro League with a dribble success rate rate of 65% during last year's 22/23 season, one of the highest in the league. A statistic that can't be ignored given that he done this while still only 17 years old.




Antonio Nusa has appeared in the UEFA Champions League and made his debut for Norway in August 2023.



Predominantly playing on the left wing for Club Brugge he has a change of direction and technical skills the fruitful winger uses to dazzle his way through opposition traffic, taking out bodies along the way. He is incredibly dynamic and explosive, with the vision to deliver incisive passes.



He has made four appearances in the UEFA Champions League (22/23) scoring on is debut in a 4-0 win over Portuguese outfit Porto. His international career got off to a similar start when he represented Norway in August 2023 for the first time in a friendly against Jordan, where he also scored on his debut.



The move to Brentford was reported to have broken down due to Nusa's medical with the club and although Tottenham missed out on the attacking sensation this time around, they could well revisit that option in the summer having tracked Nusa since his move to Brugge.





In January Spurs signed defender Radu Dragusin permanently from Genoa and Timo Werner on loan for the remainder of the season from RB Leipzig during the winter window. With young talent such as Dejan Kulusevski, Destiny Udogie, Micky Van De Ven, Pape Matar Sarr, and Brennan Johnson who are all 23 or under, Spurs focus is on young players with huge potential.


Spurs also announced that they have agreed a deal to sign Swedish sensation Lucas Bergvall after beating Barcelona to his signature. Nusa fits Ange Postecoglou's scouting profile.



He has made 64 total appearances for Club Brugge since joining from Norwegian side Stabaek in the summer of 2021. Antonio Nusa is a big fan’s favourite, but he most certainly is a defenders nightmare.



 

*Statistics taken from sofascore.com

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