Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson would be delighted if Spurs follow through on reports linking them with a move for Leicester City full-back Ricardo Pereira.
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The Portuguese right-back has been rumoured to be subject of a £30m bid from Spurs in the past week, according to the Daily Express.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson feels that Spurs should be targeting that area in the transfer market and would welcome an approach from Jose Mourinho to snap up Leicester’s 2018/19 Player of the Season and bolster his squad’s defensive ranks.
He said: “He’s a good right-back, and right-back is an area that he would have identified as it’s been an issue.
“A Premier League, international, quality right-back is what’s needed at Tottenham at the moment and he fits the bill.”
Judging by Robinson’s admission, it seems as though the former Tottenham man does not rate current right-back Serge Aurier, who has started every league game bar one (through suspension) for Spurs since September’s international break.
It may be tricky for Aurier to stake a strong claim for a starting place in front of Pereira if the Foxes defender joined Spurs, with the 26-year-old currently WhoScored’s highest-rated Premier League defender with an average score of 7.57/10.
That said, Aurier has a rather respectable 7.24 which only Harry Kane and Son Heung-min can better among his teammates, while he tops the Spurs squad for tackles per game (3.3) and interceptions per game (1.9) – the latter on a par with potential future colleague Pereira.
Although, it could be argued that Spurs nevertheless require more depth in this area, with Kyle Walker-Peters not yet appearing to be considered a viable replacement for Kieran Trippier, who departed in the summer, judging by his lack of action this season.
Therefore, there is almost certainly room for a player of Pereira’s profile at Spurs – and Robinson’s enthusiasm is no surprise given the defender’s start to life in English football.
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