Tottenham’s search for defensive reinforcements has led to them taking an interest in Benfica youngster Tomas Tavares.
That is according to a report in the print edition of the Sunday People [23/8; page 58, via Football.London], which claimed that Spurs are ‘showing keen interest’ in signing the 19-year-old right-back.
The report said that the Premier League side are at the head of the queue alongside Champions League quarter-finalists Atalanta in the pursuit of the teenager.
The youngster posted some respectable performance averages in 2019/20, with 2.3 successful tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 0.8 successful dribbles, along with a passing success rate of 82.2% (as per WhoScored).
Aside from the latter figure, his averages are slightly inferior to those posted by Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier last term, with the Ivorian recording 2.7 successful tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.2 successful dribbles per game (as per WhoScored). Nonetheless, considering that Tavares only turned 19 in March and Aurier is 27, the Benfica teenager’s figures make for promising reading.
Also, Jose Mourinho is far from blessed with right-back options – indeed, after the sale of Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton, Aurier is now the only natural option in that position at Spurs, and the Ivorian has had to contend with strong criticism over some of his performances. He may not even be at the club a whole lot longer himself, with reports of AC Milan wanting to sign him.
Tavares is still quite raw, having played just 26 first team games in his career so far, although his exposure to Champions League football at such a young age should stand to him. Also, his 2019/20 performance averages are encouraging, particularly considering that he has plenty of time on his side to improve even further.
Should Tottenham sign Tomas Tavares?
Signing him may seem like a gamble for Tottenham but, with a dearth of right-back options and some doubts over the future of the maligned Aurier, it is a position in which they badly need to strengthen, and Tavares would at worst offer them valuable depth in that area.
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