Tottenham Hotspur run the risk of repeating one of last summer’s most disastrous mistakes.
The Premier League side have regularly been linked with a move for Lyon centre-back Joachim Anderson, who excelled during a loan spell at relegated Fulham last season.
Back in May, Eurosport journalist Dean Jones claimed Spurs were in “pole position” to secure his signature over arch-rivals Arsenal, whilst renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano had suggested that the 23-year-old was a “main target” for the club.
However, it appears the Denmark international is no longer a priority – or even an option.
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Spurs are now looking elsewhere after it was revealed that the Ligue 1 outfit were looking for a fee in the region of £26m.
If this is true, then recently-appointed sporting director Fabio Paratici may well copy Steve Hitchen and Daniel Levy’s error from a year ago.
The North Londoners were very close to sealing a move for Inter Milan colossus Milan Skriniar, even to the point of Hitchen flying out to Milan to try and get a deal over the line.
However, as per The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, Spurs were some way apart from matching their asking price. This turned out to be an absolute disaster.
By not signing a new centre-back of the calibre of Skriniar, the Lilywhites went on to record the worst defensive record of any of the traditional ‘big six’, and former manager Jose Mourinho was plagued by a lack of leadership and regular individual mistakes.
The state of play right now is the same, so Spurs must look to pay what’s required for Andersen.
Despite it being his first season in the English top-flight, the Danish colossus was handed the armband in 17 of his 31 appearances (54.8%), which is a rather glowing endorsement from Scott Parker on his ability to lead the side out.
That should encourage Spurs immensely, considering they never plugged the void left behind by Jan Vertonghen.
Furthermore, Andersen recorded an average of 4.8 clearances, 3.2 aerial duels won, 1.4 interceptions and 1.1 tackles per game, on top of an impressive 81.4% passing accuracy, as per WhoScored.
It’s no wonder the 6 foot 4 beast was described as “absolutely sensational” by Tony Gale. Similarly, The Sun’s Tom Barclay claimed that he was a “[Harry] Maguire-type”, also adding that he’s “a great talent, captain material, good in the air.”
Valued at €20m (£18m) by CIES Football Observatory, Andersen’s experience and subsequent performances in the Premier League make him a very appealing candidate to help solve Spurs’ defensive issues.
Paratici must reconsider his stance here to give Nuno Santo the best chance of success. Both of Spurs’ other central targets, Cristian Romero and Jules Kounde, are expected to cost around double the £26m mooted with Andersen.
Therefore, Spurs must return to the Fulham loan sensation before next month’s transfer deadline.
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