Analysis: Spurs tipped to move for impressive Mexico centre-back

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Tottenham Hotspur are said to be leading the race to land Hector Moreno from Espanyol this summer, despite reported interest from Manchester United.

According to talkSPORT, new Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to raid his former club in order to boost his squad this summer.

Considering Spurs conceded more goals than any other club in the top eight last season, reinforcements at the back will remain a priority throughout the current transfer window.

Moreno has been immensely impressive throughout the early stages of Mexico’s World Cup campaign in Brazil. These excellent performances are a continuation of an outstanding season in La Liga.

  TeamPosGoals ConcededClean SheetAppsMins
Héctor Moreno Mexico DF 0 2 2 180

The Mexicans are yet to concede a goal at this summer’s World Cup and this is wholly due to the efforts of Moreno and his defensive team-mates. These latest reports have emerged just days after he shone for his country in the World Cup as Mexico kept a clean sheet against hosts and tournament favourites Brazil.

  TeamPosInterception Won / appsOutfielder Block / appsTotal Clearance / appsWon Tackle / apps[[Aerial Won] / [Aerial Won + Aerial Lost]] * 100
Héctor Moreno Mexico DF 1.00 0.50 4.50 2.00 75.00

His World Cup performances have seen him earn a number of plaudits, notably for his ability in the tackle and prowess in the air. As can be seen from the statistics above, he has won an average of two challenges per match, whilst completing 75% of his headed duels.

  TeamPosInterception Won / appsOutfielder Block / appsTotal Clearance / appsWon Tackle / appsAerial Duel Succ (%)AppsMins
Vlad Chiriches Spurs DF 2.29 0.24 4.35 1.71 48.08 17 1,412
Michael Dawson Spurs DF 2.13 0.72 7.81 1.06 65.67 32 2,838
Younes Kaboul Spurs DF 1.92 0.15 6.31 1.31 67.44 13 943
Jan Vertonghen Spurs DF 1.83 0.26 4.61 1.22 76.00 23 2,004
Hector Moreno Espanyol DF 1.72 0.72 5.28 1.03 47.86 32 2806

When comparisons are made with Tottenham's current crop of central defensive options, Moreno appears to fall in line with the club's current standards. Based on last seasons domestic statistics, he averaged fewer interceptions and tackles per match, whilst registering less successful aerial duels. Nontheless, he ranks highly in terms of blocks and total clearances made.

  Total PassesPass Acc (%)Total Att AssistGoal AssistDribble Succ (%)
Michael Dawson 1,572 82 7 0 100.00
Jan Vertonghen 994 83 9 0 70.83
Vlad Chiriches 763 89 5 0 76.47
Younes Kaboul 541 73 6 1 71.43
Hector Moreno 1074 78 7 2 41.67

The 26-year-old has also proven his composure on the ball throughout his time with Espanyol. He played over 1000 passes last term, completing 78% of his attempted to find a team-mate, on average. He also assited the La Liga outfit's efforts in the attacking third, creating seven chances and setting-up two goals.

Only his dribbling success rate is significantly inferior to Pochettino's current options. 

  Total ErrorsError Lead To Goal
Michael Dawson 4 2
Younes Kaboul 3 1
Jan Vertonghen 3 3
Vlad Chiriches 2 1
Hector Moreno 1 0

Spurs were riddled by defensive errors throughout the course of the previous campaign and Pochettino is in need of a centre-back who can prove a reliable figure. Moreno is a man that makes very few mistakes. He made just one last season, in fact.  

It is clear Tottenham are looking to attend to their leaky defense and Moreno has provided excellent signs throughout his participation in the World Cup. He would be considered a good option should Pochettino decide to shake up his options at the back.

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