According to a recent report from The Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur could be lining up a raid on high-flying Sheffield United for their defender, Jack O’Connell.
The 6 foot 3 man has impressed at the heart of the Blades’ defence, making 4.7 clearances per game and 1.4 interceptions. Bearing in mind the fact he’s just 25, he could be a long-term solution for Spurs.
But this deal could potentially yield a clear winner and a clear loser from Spurs’ team…
We all know about Mourinho and the way he likes his teams to play – highly defensive, low risk and with an aim to keep those clean sheets coming at all times. We’ve seen that at numerous clubs, specifically Manchester United, but it’s been quite a tall task for the Special One at Tottenham.
In his first 16 games as Spurs’ new coach, Mourinho has averaged 1.69 points per match and has conceded a total of 22 goals, only managing two clean sheets in the process.
Quite clearly, his current squad is missing some defensive stability and bringing in O’Connell just might tip the scales back in their favour. Sheffield United have already amassed eight clean sheets in the ongoing campaign and their 25-year-old centre-back has had a hefty hand in that feat.
Maybe he could help Spurs replicate that with his possible arrival.
Needless to say, the potential arrival of another young and prolific centre-back would surely put the older ones under a lot of additional pressure, and this is especially true for Vertonghen himself.
The 32-year-old centre-back is yet to decide his future with his current deal due to run out in the coming summer and it remains to be seen how exactly O’Connell’s introduction would affect his status in the team.
If Spurs suddenly managed to scoop up a solid replacement for the Belgian international, maybe there would no longer be a need for Mourinho to worry about his future, which could, in theory, also see him sold in the end.
Only time will tell and we’ll have to wait and see what happens.