In Focus: Tottenham target Alfie Mawson could be a future Spurs star

According to reports in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a surprise £15m move for Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly been impressed by the performances of the 23-year-old following his move to the Liberty Stadium from Barnsley last summer, and is keen to bring him to north London this summer.

The Argentine boss is keen to bring in a new centre-back who is comfortable on the ball to provide cover for first choice duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, with the future of the latter still in doubt as he is stalling on signing a new contract.

Mawson is currently playing at the European Under-21 Championships with England, and started in their 0-0 draw against Sweden on Friday.

How good has he been for Swansea?

He has been very impressive.

The 23-year-old moved to Wales in a £5m deal last summer but despite never appearing in the Premier League before, he took little time to settle in and look completely at home.

Even though Swansea were struggling towards the bottom of the table for the majority of the campaign and only narrowly missed out on being relegated in the final couple of weeks, Mawson was one of their shining lights.

He showed his ability on the ball by completing 18 of the 20 take-ons he attempted while he showed his defensive prowess by making 166 clearances and winning 78 aerial duels.

The centre-back is also a threat at the other end of the pitch too after scoring four times in 27 Premier League appearances last term.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

He could be, yes.

While it is difficult to completely judge a player after just one year in the Premier League, Mawson certainly looks to have all of the attributes to be a real success and get even better at this level.

The fact that he is good on the ball and a threat at the other end of the pitch will certainly have caught the attentions of Pochettino, while his £15m fee wouldn’t be too high in the current transfer market.

He would probably be cover at first, with the ability to be a long-term fixture in the Spurs backline.