According to German media outlet Bild, Tottenham Hotspur sent a scout to watch highly-rated Stuttgart centre-back Benjamin Pavard in action in his side’s 3-2 win against Cologne on Sunday, with manager Mauricio Pochettino potentially lining up a summer switch for the 21-year-old, rated at £10.7m by Transfermarkt.
Well, the French defender has been a key player for the German club since joining them from Lille in 2016, and after helping them win promotion back to the Bundesliga last season he has been a key player for them at the back in the top flight this term.
Bild report that Spurs sent a scout to watch the 21-year-old, who received his first cap for the France national team against Wales in November, in action in his side’s win in Cologne at the weekend, with Pochettino obviously considering defensive reinforcements this summer.
With Toby Alderweireld’s future potentially in doubt and with a possible exit on the cards for the Belgian in the near future, the north London outfit are obviously ready to keep their options open.
He has been excellent.
The centre-back, who has also played as a defensive midfielder and right-back for Stuttgart this season, has featured in every minute of their 25 Bundesliga matches so far during the current campaign.
The German club looked to be in danger of relegation just a few weeks ago but four straight victories – in which they kept three clean sheets – have lifted them up to ninth in the standings.
According to WhoScored.com, two of the Frenchman’s main strengths are his ability to make blocks and interceptions, while his passing is also good.
The 21-year-old has won 46 of the 55 tackles he has attempted in the Bundesliga this season, while he has made 74 interceptions, 27 blocks and 111 clearances, as well as winning 78 of the 147 aerial duels he has faced.
He certainly would be.
The young centre-back looks to have great potential and the fact that he is already a key player for Stuttgart and has made his full France debut shows the quality that he has.
If Spurs could sign him for a reasonable fee this summer, they shouldn’t think twice about it – especially with Alderweireld’s future clearly in doubt.