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Leicester City: Jason Cundy hails ‘perfect’ Ricardo Pereira and tips him to join Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City: Jason Cundy hails ‘perfect’ Ricardo Pereira and tips him to join Tottenham Hotspur

TalkSPORT pundit Jason Cundy has talked up Leicester full-back Ricardo Pereira live on-air and has recommended that some of their direct rivals go after him.

Speaking after the Foxes’ convincing 2-0 win over Arsenal, the former Tottenham and Chelsea player spoke about how the Portuguese right-back would fit the bill perfectly at one of his former sides.

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The full-back has been a hugely important part of the Leicester set up since his arrival, featuring 47 times since joining from Porto.

Jason Cundy told talkSPORT: “He gets in those advances areas, he is the perfect example of what a modern-day right-back is. They are not just a defender.

“This Ricardo Pereira is one of certainly the best right-backs in the country, I think Leicester are incredibly fortunate to have him. You think about other clubs that are looking for a right-back.

“Spurs, their right-back is nowhere near as good. That’s the sort of player that Spurs should be having at right-back.”

It’s hard to disagree with Cundy based on the time the attacking full-back has had in the Premier League.

In his 47 appearances in the league, he has managed to contribute massively going forward. He has scored four goals and registered seven assists, meaning that he is almost averaging a goal contribution in one of every four games.

This season, he has played every minute for Leicester so far, helping them reach second in the division with his two goals. Defensively, Leicester have conceded just eight goals – the fewest in the entire league – showing that he is also doing his part defensively.

In the league, there can’t be many who can say they have a better right-back than the East Midlands club. In fact, from this season so far, the Portuguese defender has the sixth-highest average rating in the entire league with 7.62/10 on WhoScored.

He has the third-highest amount of average tackles per game with 4.5, as well as 2 dribbles averaged per game, representing some of the better statistics for that position in the whole division.

For Spurs who are a bit short at right-back this season with the sale of Kieran Trippier, Roberto Pereira would be an excellent fit. However, with Spurs only mustering 14 points from 12 games, they are 12 points behind the Foxes with nearly a third of the season done – so there is nothing to suggest that he would be keen to leave Leicester for the Champions League finalists, especially in January.

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