Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a largely successful summer transfer window, with Fabio Paratici managing to bring in a number of impressive signings who either provide Antonio Conte with greater squad depth or improve upon a player Spurs already owned in a particular position.
Indeed, with the likes of Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Clement Lenglet all joining the club, as well as Paratici completing the permanent signing of Cristian Romero, the 52-year-old manager would now very much look to have the depth he infamously claimed he was lacking during the 2021/22 campaign.
However, with Tottenham’s only new addition at centre-back – a position it was widely reported Conte was extremely keen to strengthen this summer – being the season-long loan signing of Lenglet, it would appear highly likely that Paratici will once again be on the lookout for a permanent addition to Spurs’ backline over the course of the season.
As such, there is an argument to be made that the Italian sporting director should have pursued a deal for one of his defensive targets with slightly more urgency this summer – and, considering just how impressive Gleison Bremer has been for Juventus so far this season, it appears Paratici missed a trick in deciding against launching a £43m bid for the Brazilian.
Indeed, over his six Serie A appearances so far in 2022/23, the £31.5m-rated talent has been in imperious form in the heart of Massimiliano Allegri’s backline, helping his side keep two clean sheets, as well as making an average of 2.0 interceptions, one tackle, 3.7 clearances and winning 4.3 duels – at a success rate of 62% – per game.
The £153k-per-week centre-back has also impressed with the ball at his feet, enjoying an average of 83.3 touches of the ball, completing 66.7 passes – at a success rate of 93% – and finding his man with 4.0 long balls per game, in addition to having found the back of the net once.
These returns have seen the player who Ryan Taylor dubbed both “unbelievable” and “faultless” average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.28, not only ranking him as Juventus’ joint second-best performer in the league but also as the joint 15th-best player in the top flight of Italian football as a whole.
As such, with Bremer quite clearly being a player who is extremely solid at the back, exceptional in his reading of the game and incredibly talented with the ball at his feet, Paratici must regret his decision not to make a move for the 25-year-old defender this summer – as the Brazilian would have undoubtedly been an unbelievable signing for the Italian to get over the line.