According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Burnley are eyeing up a summer move for defender Alfie Mawson. The 24-year-old was a rare bright spark in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Swansea City last term given the South Wales outfit lost their Premier League status, although the centre back certainly did something right in reportedly attracting the attention of Clarets boss Sean Dyche.
And with the Lancashire-based outfit seemingly seeking to bolster their centre back ranks, these fresh reports should prompt Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham into a move for current Burnley defender James Tarkowski, who could well be the perfect replacement for Toby Alderweireld.
Ultimately, the future of the Spurs centre back has been subject of speculation for a while now given he has yet to sign a new contract with the North Londoners, one that is due to run out next year and, although there is the option of a one-year extension, it would bring a £25 million release clause into play.
And while the 29-year-old struggled for form and fitness last term, and as such was replaced in the starting eleven by the mightily impressive Davinson Sanchez, there is no doubt that Pochettino’s men will miss the Belgium international if he does leave this summer, as there are very few defenders in the Premier League as good and influential as Alderweireld.
Thus, a replacement could well be in the thoughts of manager Pochettino, and with Burnley reportedly keen on boosting their centre back options, they could seek to move for the supremely impressive Tarkowski this summer.
The 25-year-old made the move to Turf Moor back in the winter of 2016 but wasn’t immediately a regular starter under manager Dyche, with Michael Keane’s departure to Everton last summer opening the door for the Englishman, an opportunity he took with both hands.
The centre back was outstanding in the heart of the Clarets backline last term in appearing in 31 of their 38 Premier League matches, helping Dyche’s side to one of the best defensive records in the division, and indeed a remarkable seventh place finish in the table.
In fact, Tarkowski impressed so greatly that he earned his England debut for the seniors in a friendly against Italy back in March, and although he gave away a penalty after VAR intervened in a 1-1 draw, he showed genuine class and composure in an otherwise faultless display, thus earning him a spot on the standby list for the recent World Cup.
Thus, it’s clear that the 25-year-old has huge ability in the centre back ranks and could well go on and become one of the best defenders in the division – there’s a reason he has been linked with a move away this summer.
And with Spurs likely after a replacement for Alderweireld, alongside Burnley’s reported interest in Mawson, Pochettino’s side could do a lot worse than make a move for the Clarets defender this summer.
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