Tottenham Hotspur icon Paul Robinson does not seem impressed by Fabio Paratici’s pursuit to sign Bologna centre-back Takehiro Tomiyasu [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Spurs stride towards 2021/22
Moving into 2021/22, many onlookers up and down English football will be intrigued to see how Nuno Espirito Santo moulds a squad capable of competing for qualification for the elite European competitions next campaign.
However, Tottenham’s most documented transfer pursuit of the summer has been 22-year-old Tomiyasu.
According to Football Insider, a Spurs recruitment source has told the publication that the Japan international has agreed in principle to become Paratici’s first signing for Nuno [Football Insider].
Is Robinson correct in his Tomiyasu comments?
The Latest: Robinson believes Tomiyasu is ‘not the long term answer’ at centre-back
Prompting former England goalkeeper Robinson to respond in an interview with the outlet, the 41-year-old commented on these developments, stating: “He’s not the long term answer, by far.
“Is he the world-class centre half they need? Probably not.
“They have clearly identified him as a good player and someone who can be incorporated into the squad.
“But you wouldn’t expect him to start the first game of the Premier League season.
“That’s if he even joins. It needs to be him and someone else.” [Football Insider].
The Verdict: Tomiyasu would be a solid addition to the Tottenham fold
Upon evaluation, the 6 foot 2 ace would be a welcome addition to the Spurs backline despite Robinson’s comments.
Though he is right in his suggestion that Tottenham need further defensive reinforcements, the Japanese stopper is someone with considerable potential to develop in the long-term future.
Making real strides as a player in the last year, Tomiyasu made 33 appearances for his current employers, scoring twice [Transfermarkt].
Showing his domineering features at the back in 2020/21, the former Sint-Truiden man managed to win an average of 2.9 aerial duels per game [WhoScored].
Looking ahead, Spurs should aim to complete the rumoured deal as soon as possible.
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