Despite their impressive form in the Champions League this season and the fact that they’re still in with a chance of finishing in the top 4, Tottenham do have some areas of the pitch where they’re lacking.
Harry Redknapp’s choices in midfield are almost second to none in the Premier League, with the likes of Bale, Lennon, Van der Vaart, Modric, Kranjcar, Huddlestone and Sandro to call on, Tottenham are a formidable force in the middle of the park.
Unfortunately, Spurs have something of revolving door at the back, with the centre-back pairing varying too often, particularly at the start of the season, for anything approaching consistent clean sheets. Michael Dawson and William Gallas are the current first choice pair, with Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate perma-crocked, Younes Kaboul sidelined by injury for much of the season and Sebastien Bassong’s pitch-time limited.
On paper, Spurs are strong at centre-back, but in reality, with the number of injuries they’ve suffered, there are sometimes very limited resources in that position.
To help improve his options at the back, and to boost the standard of the squad, Harry Redknapp is reportedly keen on bringing Dutch international defender, Joris Mathijsen to White Hart Lane, in a cut-price €8million summer transfer.
The experienced centre-back, 30, is currently with German outfit, Hamburg, but his contract expires in 2012 and thus Hamburg could very well be tempted to part with Mathijsen, who has been with them since 2006, for a relatively low transfer fee so as to avoid him leaving on a Bosman free transfer next summer.
Mathijsen has amassed 68 caps for the Netherlands since making his debut in 2004, and was an important player in the Oranje’s progression to last summer’s World Cup Final, playing in 6 matches, including the final loss to Spain. Having begun his career at Willem II, coming through the youth system in Tilburg, Mathijsen is currently plying his trade in Germany and is one of the clutch of Dutchmen at Hamburg.
Redknapp is believed to have sent scouts to watch the Dutchman already, and the Tottenham manager is keen to assess the solid defender himself before making a final decision on an official bid. Always with an eye for a bargain, Spurs could do a lot worse than signing this experienced international to add cover at centre-back and produce even more competition for places, especially if, as has been reported, Sebastien Bassong is on his way out of White Hart Lane.
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