What a summer Spurs could have on their hands! After signing nobody last summer or in January, they’re being linked with players left, right and centre, but Nathan Ake is a name who should be at the top of their transfer wish list.
The Bournemouth centre-back has been a revelation since leaving the shadows of Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017, and the Daily Star are linking him with Spurs. He’s strong in the air, level-headed, and positionally aware, and that’s just what Mauricio Pochettino could do with.
Toby Alderweireld has been excellent in the Spurs backline, allowing their talented attackers to push forward without having to worry too much about the counter-attack. All this when Spurs haven’t really had a stand-out, quality defensive midfielder to sit in front and protect him.
They certainly could still do with a defensive midfielder in summer, but what an addition Nathan Ake would be to tightening their defence against teams like Manchester City, against whom they consistently drop points. He could cost a fortune, but it’d be worth it for the silverware.
He’s only 24-years-old (valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt these days), so he’s got another seven or eight years at the very top of his game. Alderweireld is 30, and while he’s still got a season or two left in his at this level, it’d be perfect to see Ake learn from the Belgian and take over his role and Spurs’ main man at the back.
Even if the former Atletico man departs in the summer, Ake would be a ready-made replacement.
He’ll be wanting first team football though, because he’s experienced enough time on the bench at Chelsea to last a lifetime. That’s another pull factor for Spurs because they haven’t got the squad depth his old club or other elite European sides have. He should go straight into the starting line-up, surely.
As Spurs move into their new stadium and look to push for silverware, Nathan Ake can be the man to ensure the new era at White Hart Lane is a successful one.
Spurs fans, who do you think your club should buy in the summer? Join the discussion by commenting below.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience