Graham Roberts was hugely impressed with the performance of Milan Skriniar for Slovakia against Poland amid links with the Inter Milan defender.
Spurs attempted to sign Skriniar last summer as they looked to reshape their defence.
Transfer supremo Steve Hitchen was even spotted in Italy negotiating with the Italian club as they looked to ensure that the central defender became a Spurs player.
He scored in the 2-1 win over Poland to kick off their tournament, a shock result that left them in a fine position to reach the knockout stages ahead of the clash with Sweden on Friday.
Roberts believes that the 26-year-old will cost a lot more than he would have if the club had been able to bring him in last year, but he was left in awe of his display, as Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was left struggling to find his way into the game.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Roberts said: “I saw Skriniar, he was brilliant on TV, absolutely brilliant but we never went and got him, now he’ll be worth a lot more.
“Lewandowski didn’t get a kick so there’s your answer.”