It has been reported recently that Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Wesley Fofana from St Etienne and considering how well he has performed with Leicester City this season, it looks as if the North London club made a big mistake in not signing him.
According to ESPN, the Portuguese manager was keen to bring the centre-back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the summer but the Foxes were able to fend off the interest from Spurs in order to sign the defender for £36.5 million.
In the absence of Caglar Soyuncu, Fofana has stepped up to the plate brilliantly for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season, forming an excellent partnership in central defence with Jonny Evans.
This is better than any of Spurs’ current centre-back options have managed, with Toby Alderweireld’s 6.97 average rating the best of the bunch.
The Belgian will also turn 32 this year and Fofana could have perhaps proved to be his long-term replacement with the North London club had they managed to sign him from St Etienne during the summer.
Eric Dier has been Mourinho’s go-to man for much of the season in defence, having started 17 games in the top-flight, but Fofana has outscored him in almost every aspect.
Whilst Fofana averages fewer passes per game than Dier, his pass success rate is higher, suggesting he would have been a good fit in Mourinho’s side.
The young defender’s value will only continue to rise as he improves in Rodgers’ side, suggesting that he would have been well worth the £36.5 million fee Leicester paid.
Jamie Redknapp was full of praise for the youngster earlier this season, saying:
“This young man is going to be the best in a few years, the best in Europe. He’s so assured, so confident, so commanding. I’m a massive fan.”
Therefore, it can definitely be argued that Daniel Levy should have pushed harder to bring Fofana in during the summer, as he could’ve been a great addition to Mourinho’s side.