The Tottenham Hotspur fans have been delighted with the performances of Ben Davies so far this season.
Danny Rose has been the first-choice left-back at Spurs for around half a decade prior to the beginning of the current campaign, but he has found himself playing nothing more than a bit-part role this season due to a combination of injuries and problems off the field. His comments regarding Tottenham’s transfer policy last summer have tarnished his reputation and cast his future in North-London into serious doubt.
It seems fairly inevitable that Rose will depart the club this summer in search of a new challenge, so Pochettino will need to replace him with a left-back to ensure he has a quality player to push Davies for a starting berth. And according to The Sun, Tottenham have already identified West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku as an ideal candidate to replace Rose at the club next season.
Masuaku endured a difficult opening to life in English football last season following his transfer from Olympiacos, but the quality of the Congolese defenders performances have improved considerably during the current campaign. He has proven to be a dangerous asset for West Ham in the final-third due to his confidence in possession and his ability to take players on, whilst the defensive side of his game has also shown notable signs of improvement.
However, the inconsistency in his form should be a genuine cause for concern for Pochettino, as signing a player on the basis of one good season is undoubtedly a huge risk for a side of Tottenham’s stature to take. With that in mind, Spurs should instead move for Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) this summer, as he has consistently proven his quality in the Premier League over the years.
Bertrand has slightly struggled for form within a Southampton side who have been desperately devoid of inspiration for the entirety of the season so far, but that should not deter Tottenham’s interest. The 28-year-old is defensively solid and a genuine threat in the final-third and, considering Southampton look destined to drop into the Championship this season, he should be available at a bargain price this summer.
The signing of either Masuaku or Bertrand would be a positive deal for Spurs to complete, but Bertrand’s breadth of experience should force Levy and Pochettino to prioritise his signature over the rising West Ham star during the summer window.
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