According to reports from Mirror Football, Tottenham are eyeing Southampton defender Cedric Soares as a potential replacement for Kyle Walker – although they could face some sizeable competition from Juventus and Barcelona by the time they actually place a bid.
At this point, the 21-cap Portugal international is probably amongst the more underrated right-backs in Europe. He was part of the squad that unexpectedly lifted the Euro 2016 title in France and now has two solid Premier League campaigns under his belt after rising through the ranks at Sporting Lisbon – not bad for a 25-year-old.
Indeed, Soares was a key part of the Saints starting XI last season and produced consistent form, finishing up with over one chance created and one interception per match alongside two tackles. But if there’s one concern in comparison to Walker and the England international’s current understudy Kieran Trippier, it’s that he’s not an attacking force in quite the same way.
No doubt, Soares can overlap and has the stamina to do so for the vast majority of any given game. But he’s more a defender first and a wing-back second – something that seems to contradict what Mauricio Pochettino has asked from his full-backs since arriving at White Hart Lane.
That being said, a more defensive option on the right, especially when contrasted with the more offensive-minded Trippier, wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. So Spurs fans, would you back a summer swoop for Soares? Let us know by voting below…