According to a report by reliable Tottenham Hotspur correspondent Alasdair Gold, the Lilywhites would ideally like to sign two new centre-backs this summer, but they will need to sell players in order to do so.
The Lowdown: Tottenham defensive crisis
Perhaps summed up during their dismal 3-1 defeat against Leeds, it’s no secret that Spurs have desired reinforcements at the back for some time.
Reports have recently linked Tottenham to a host of central defenders, including the likes of Nikola Milenkovic, Lewis Dunk and Joachim Andersen (football.london).
As far back as last year, Spurs were attempting to bring in a marquee centre-half, with the club targeting Inter Milan colossus Milan Skriniar.
Technical performance director Steve Hitchen even flew to Italy for negotiations but to no avail, with Spurs instead settling for the promising Joe Rodon from Swansea City.
The Latest: Gold shares update on Spurs transfer plans
Writing for football.london, Gold explains that Tottenham ideally won’t just settle on one new centre-back.
Indeed, he outlined that Spurs are now keen to sign two defenders in that position as current crop Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld fail to impress (Give Me Sport).
However, amid the global pandemic and ensuing financial plight, Tottenham will need to adopt a sell-to-buy policy and offload surplus-to-requirements players before fulfilling their transfer ambitions.
The Verdict: Priority position…
Centre-back should be the priority position for Spurs, and reports have suggested that it is that role on which Spurs will focus this summer. Sky Sports also reported that centre-backs will be targeted this summer and that the Lilywhites have already made inquiries for the likes of Jerome Boateng and Jannik Vestergaard.
In our opinion, the standout targets for Tottenham should be both Nikola Milenkovic and Joachim Andersen. The former, a 6 foot 4 colossus, averages more aerial duels won per game than anyone in the Tottenham squad (WhoScored) and is still only 23 years old.
Meanwhile, Andersen imposes similar physical stature and has been praised for his form in the Premier League this season, with pundit Don Hutchison describing the Fulham loanee as a ‘leader’ (via The Boot Room).
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