Tottenham supporters have been pretty upbeat in recent times after seeing their side head into the current two-week break for internationals on a three-game Premier League winning streak.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with newly-promoted Cardiff City on October 6 having beaten Brighton and Huddersfield Town in their preceding two league games, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds. And while Spurs were far from their best at Wembley, they got the job done thanks to Eric Dier’s early goal to thus seal a 1-0 win at the national stadium, a result which moved Pochettino’s side to within two points of leaders Manchester City.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter recently to comment upon the rumours linking their team with a move for defender Nathan Ake, with many calling for Pochettino and the club’s hierarchy to indeed get a deal done for the Dutchman.
And given just how impressive the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) has been at Bournemouth in recent times, those Tottenham fans calling for his arrival are absolutely spot on, as the 23-year-old could prove to be an outstanding addition.
Ultimately, Pochettino’s side have been one of the best teams defensively in the Premier League over the last few years, conceding the fewest amount of goals in the 2016/17 season in their run to second place in the table, and shipping the joint-fewest alongside Manchester United the campaign before.
And much of that success has been down to the Belgian duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, who have conjured up arguably the best centre back partnership in the country in the last few years – yet the future of the former and indeed the age of the latter suggests that Pochettino may need to start thinking about reinforcements.
29-year-old Alderweireld may well have stayed at the club beyond the summer deadline, but with his contract up next summer, it’d be a surprise to see him in North London in 12 months’ time, while Vertonghen will turn 32 in April, and is another whose future at the club is uncertain given he is also out of contract come the end of the season.
Thus, Pochettino faces the very genuine prospect of losing the talented duo come the close season, and while he has already gone some way to preparing for that by landing 22-year-old Davinson Sanchez, the arrival of Bournemouth’s Ake would set them up brilliantly for the post-Alderweireld/Vertonghen era – it could prove to be a masterstroke.
The Netherlands international left Chelsea permanently for Bournemouth back in 2017 after enjoying a loan spell at the Vitality Stadium the season before, and he has since been an absolute revelation for the Cherries in appearing 60 times for Eddie Howe’s side, netting six goals in the process.
And in finishing a very respectable 12th in the Premier League last season, alongside a fine start to this campaign in sitting seventh after eight games, the 23-year-old is certainly contributing to a very impressive spell for the South Coast outfit, with he often one of their better performers on any given afternoon.
And at the tender age of 23, Ake has a very bright future ahead of him, and under the guidance of Pochettino, who has improved and developed many young players already in his managerial career, he will surely only get better.
Thus, with the centre back ranks set to undergo something of a change in the coming years, Pochettino must seek to listen to those Spurs fans calling for a move for Ake, as it could turn out to be a Tottenham transfer masterstroke.
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