Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on their first signing this summer and are already plotting another…
According to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, a £15m move for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is nearly finalised with Spurs wanting to sign at least one more centre-back before the window closes next month.
Jules Kounde of Sevilla remains one of their top targets, whilst Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar, who Steve Hitchen flew out to try and sign last summer, Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard and Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix are thought to be alternative options.
This has to be seen as fantastic news for anyone associated with the North London outfit.
It seems like sporting director Fabio Paratici’s immediate priority is strengthening Nuno Santo’s backline, a department that was largely the Lilywhites’ Achilles heel throughout 2020/21.
Indeed, a lot of Spurs’ recent problems could be attributed to their inconsistencies at the back. A combination of individual errors, a lack of cohesion and no real leader led to them recording the worst defensive record of any of the traditional ‘big six.’
It’s no wonder they finished as low as seventh and it’s not like goalscoring was that much of a major issue, with Harry Kane surpassing 30 goals for the season.
During his time in charge, former manager Jose Mourinho utilised over 16 different defensive combinations, evidently struggling to find the perfect partnership with the players he had at his disposal.
The pairing of Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier was deemed one of the worst in the Premier League by ex-midfielder turned pundit Jamie O’Hara, whilst it’s thought that Toby Alderweireld is seeking a move away from N17 this window.
Tomiyasu’s arrival is one step in the right direction of resolving said issues. The Japan international’s versatility makes him an intriguing option to play in the middle or to replace Aurier on the right.
Furthermore, it’s encouraging that just the one addition isn’t going to be enough and the club have already got other targets in mind. This should set Nuno up for the best chance of success.
And that should leave the Spurs faithful and the Portuguese coach absolutely thrilled.