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Eric Bailly could be the defensive rock Tottenham’s new White Hart Lane needs

Eric Bailly could be the defensive rock Tottenham’s new White Hart Lane needs

Tottenham have suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premier League for the first time this season.

The Lilywhites lost to Watford before the international break and were tasked with a visit from in-form Liverpool when the Premier League returned. Spurs never seemed to get out of first gear against Jurgen Klopp’s side who took an early lead through Georginio Wijnaldum from a corner. A possible weakness was exposed again with set-pieces proving to be a problem for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

The Reds doubled their advantage in the second half with Roberto Firmino knocking the ball home. A late goal from Erik Lamela wasn’t enough to prevent the defeat against a title rival. Tottenham will be hoping to bounce back with a victory in their Champions League opener against Inter Milan on Tuesday.

Despite the transfer window closing, speculation persists that Toby Alderweireld could leave the club with less than one year remaining on his contract. Should he go, Tottenham should attempt to sign Manchester United defender – Eric Bailly. Valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, the Ivorian is reportedly far from pleased at Old Trafford and could consider a January exit.

The former Villarreal defender has seen his role reduced to a substitute under Jose Mourinho and could find first-team football if he moved to North London. Bailly would slot seamlessly into Pochettino’s side and would Spurs a long-term option in the back four. At just 24-years-old, Bailly is still developing and will only get better.

Poaching the Ivory Coast international from one of their biggest rivals could prove to be a masterstroke.

Tottenham fans, thoughts?

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