No matter who Tottenham Hotspur’s next manager will be they are in desperate need of at least one centre back who can be a leader but also be good on the ball, and Merih Demiral fits the bill according to Forza Italian Football editor Conor Clancy, who has raved over the Turkish international’s qualities.
Demiral is regarded as one of the best defenders in the Serie A so seeing links suggesting he could be set for a move to the Premier League is quite surprising considering the two clubs interested, Everton and Spurs, have nothing on Juventus in terms of winning silverware.
The Turkey international would surely have a great chance of becoming Spurs’ first-choice centre-back when in competition with the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld, and Alasdair Gold has confirmed that the club do have one eye on Demiral this summer.
And if Demiral was to join Spurs this summer then he would easily walk into the starting line-up and make them a better team almost immediately – that’s according to Clancy who spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
“He can pass the ball well and he’s a little bit old school as well so he’s more than happy to go into the trenches and he will go to war with a striker if he needs to, and I think he improves any team he goes into.”
After being handed just 10 starts in the league Demiral may be frustrated at his lack of game time, especially considering his competition to play alongside Matthijs de Ligt is a 33-year old Leonardo Bonucci and a 35-year-old Giorgio Chiellini.
Juventus would be making a huge mistake by selling Demiral even if they receive the reported £40 million price tag that Everton are looking to meet, as they need replacements for both Bonucci and Chiellini sooner rather than later.