Tottenham Hotspur failed to round off an outstanding transfer window with the addition of a new centre-back but that could be something Daniel Levy puts right during January.
And he may well want to reconsider a move for Chelsea colossus Antonio Rudiger after an impressive display for Germany on Saturday evening.
The 27-year-old was imperious among a back three all whilst he slips down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge – the arrival of Thiago Silva has meant he’s now Frank Lampard’s last resort as the fifth choice.
It’s quite bizarre given how well he has performed for club and country in recent times and that much was on display in the UEFA Nations League.
Per SofaScore, Rudiger recorded three clearances, one tackle and one key pass (resulting in the assist for the opener). He also made 95% of his 76 passes and won 100% of his aerial duels against Ukraine.
His fit in the back three gives Jose Mourinho plenty to ponder, especially if he’s to reignite that interest during the winter window.
Such a formation could bring the best out of attacking wing-back duo Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon, who were both signed this summer, and having another body alongside the error-prone Davinson Sanchez and the emerging first-choice Eric Dier could prove to be a masterstroke.
During his three Nations League appearances this year, the 6 foot 3 German beast has averaged 2.7 clearances, 1.3 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and two aerial duels won per game, via WhoScored.
Now valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, the Chelsea outcast could be the final piece of the puzzle for Mourinho’s quickfire revolution, and if that display on Saturday wasn’t enough, then Rudiger’s history against Spurs should hold encouragement too.
He haunted Harry Kane last season, forcing the Spurs talisman into losing possession 11 times whilst he won three duels as per SofaScore.
“A tough tackler, Rudiger is quick on his feet and a commanding presence in the air,” claims the Chelsea website and that’s exactly what Spurs need to fill the void left behind by Jan Vertonghen.