Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the summer transfer window, what with their team eyeing up additions that could take them to the next level next season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men deserve great credit for securing another top four finish in the Premier League this time round, with Spurs eventually ending up third and seven points clear of fifth place Chelsea. However, they finished a staggering 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City, and their wait for some silverware will head into the 2018/19 campaign after coming up short in the Champions League, and indeed the domestic cup competitions.
As such, there are many expectant Tottenham fans in the Tavern at present hoping for some big-name signings, and they are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking Manchester City with a move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.
And while Spurs are also thought to be keen on the Dutch centre back, these recent reports should prompt Pochettino’s side into a summer move for £45 million-rated City ace John Stones (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, were de Ligt to indeed make the move to the Etihad Stadium this summer, it could spell bad news for 23-year-old Stones, who struggled for regular first team football under Pep Guardiola in the second half of the season (albeit injuries did play a part in those difficulties).
In fact, the England international started just two Premier League matches post-January, and with the likes of Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, and Aymeric Laporte seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, adding de Ligt is only likely to push him even further away from the starting eleven.
And that is why Spurs must pounce on these recent reports, and thus make a move for the Englishman.
They themselves looks set to lose influential ace Toby Alderweireld this summer given his contract situation, which would leave Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez as their main centre back options.
And while Eric Dier can also play there, Tottenham would be somewhat short of options in that department, and if they are serious about going on and challenging for major honours next time round, Pochettino needs a very deep squad to cope with the demands of the different competitions.
Significantly though, the Argentine has a proven track-record of developing young English players, with the likes of Dier, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane all flourishing in North London, and very much regulars for their country.
And the same would likely happen with Stones.
The 23-year-old improved greatly in the first half of the season and played a key part in establishing City’s dominance, with it clear that the Englishman has improved the defensive side of his game, while at the same time remaining the excellent ball-playing centre back that sets him out amongst his peers.
And under Pochettino, he is only likely to improve, which is why the North Londoners must use these recent de Ligt reports to their advantage by making a move for the City defender this summer.
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