After Jake Livermore and Zeki Fryers were tasked with stopping Falcao and co we look at five centre-backs they could sign this summer.
When Tottenham Hotspur sold Steven Caulker to Cardiff City earlier in the week many raised their eyebrows at the decision to let him leave the club. With William Gallas also leaving the club this summer it left Spurs short of options defensively.
Now while I am a fan of Caulker I do understand Spurs’ decision to let him go. After his excellent campaign at Swansea City on loan I felt he was well on his way to becoming an England international.
However he has a penchant for making some pretty costly mistakes and I can see why Andre Villas-Boas might have decided the player was not the type of talent they needed to make it as a top tier European outfit.
But the gamble has been selling him before bringing in defensive cover - a gamble that saw them field a very inexperienced centre-back pairing against AS Monaco yesterday.
With Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul both out injured, and Michael Dawson carrying a knock, AVB had to place Zeki Fryers and Jake Livermore in the heart of his defence - probably giving Radamel Falcao palpitations in anticipation.
The £52 million Colombian bagged a brace as his new side bagged five in a 5-2 thrashing over their Premier League opposition.
Spurs’ goals came courtesy of youngsters Harry Kane and Andros Townsend but while the striking department has now been addressed with the arrival of Roberto Soldado - defensive options must now be considered.
So which five players should they consider?
The club were linked with the talented St Etienne teen last season - and the Frenchman is now being linked with a move away again this summer.
Wolfsburg have failed to snap him up so he remains available.
Liverpool are chasing the Schalke 04 player who has a reasonable release clause in his current contract. Spurs could hijack that deal but it would be brave - his recent injury record is atrocious.
A former player of AVB’s at FC Porto the defender lost his place in the Porto team last season - going out on loan to Napoli as a consequence.
But his signing would not be much of an upgrade on what they already have.
Surely the perfect option is the Ajax defender. He wants a move this summer and can play across the back-four.
Available reasonably cheap as well this would be an excellent signing.
The Romanian appears to be Spurs’ number one target - but so far a deal has been fraught with issues.
It could be back on however and it seems the most likely.
Which of the five would you like to see at White Hart Lane?
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