With the festive period in full swing, eyes will soon turn to the January transfer window.
Spurs have found themselves in an unlikely title race and thus signing new players could give them a huge boost in their quest to finally win the Premier League.
One of the names linked with Spurs over recent days is 26-cap Serbia international Nikola Milenkovic.
That’s courtesy of Italian media who claim that Tottenham are interested in signing the Fiorentina centre-back once the market opens next month.
His current side are trying to tie him down to a new deal and if that can’t be sorted then Daniel Levy might be able to wrap up a cut-price transfer of around €25m (£22.5m). They will, however, have to battle Manchester United for someone who could be the next Nemanja Vidic.
Speaking about Milenkovic, Serbian journalist Dejan Stankovic once said: “Milenkovic is better than Vidic with the ball at his feet, and he is much calmer on the field. He is the most talented centre-back Serbia have had since Vidic, and they definitely have one thing in common, both are fearless.”
That’s very fine praise for someone who could slot seamlessly into Jose Mourinho’s set-up.
Spurs’ defence has been far more resolute this campaign. Before they took on Wolves, the Lilywhites had conceded just 14 goals – the second-fewest in the whole division – and had kept three clean sheets in their last six.
A big part of that has been Eric Dier, a man who has rediscovered his confidence this season. The England international isn’t a centre-back by trade but has been impressive, winning 2.8 aerial duels per game and completing over 82% of his passes.
Unfortunately for him, the acquisition of a new centre-back, particularly one as good as Milenkovic could spell disaster.
After all, the 23-year-old has been impeccable in Serie A this term. The defensive titan has won a mammoth 3.6 aerial duels per match which is rather unsurprising when you consider his height of 6 foot 5.
Despite that, there is a certain grace to his play too. The Serb has completed over 86% of his passes and has produced 1.6 tackles a game. For context, that’s more than Dier.
Mourinho’s backline doesn’t necessarily need much improvement but it would only benefit from having a more natural centre-half alongside Toby Alderweirald.
This would be a smart addition from Levy.