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Exclusive: Graham Roberts thinks Takehiro Tomiyasu could be Spurs’ new right-back

Graham Roberts reckons that Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu could become Tottenham’s right-back.

Tomiyasu, who’s been representing Japan at the Olympic Games, only to be knocked out by Bryan Gil’s Spain at the semi-final stage, had been reported to be on the verge of a move to north London.

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Tomiyasu featured twice in Tokyo, both as a central defender, but can play anywhere across the back-four, and started at right-back 14 times in Serie A last season.

Tottenham currently have two right-backs in Matt Doherty and Serge Aurier, but the Ivorian’s future at the club remains in serious doubt following previous comments about wanting to return to PSG.

Aurier is yet to appear in pre-season, whilst Doherty played 64 minutes against MK Dons last week, which should give the Irishman the nod ahead of the start of the season.

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If Aurier does depart, Nuno Espirito Santo will need to add another right-back to his squad, and Roberts exclusively told Football FanCast that his departure could open the door for Tomiyasu to competitive to become first-choice:

“I think they might bring in three of four, [defenders] and I think he might be the right-back.”

Article title: Exclusive: Graham Roberts thinks Takehiro Tomiyasu could be Spurs’ new right-back

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