The one defender Spurs should sign from the World Cup group stage

We take a look at who may have caught Mauricio Pochettino's eye in Brazil, and plump for one defender the Argentine should seek to recruit.

Choosing the one player Tottenham should sign from the World Cup to bolster their defence would likely come down to a straight up decision on whether to add in a top class central defender, or to bring in a left back.

Given that Benoit Assou-Ekotto, one of the club's left backs, had such a troubled tournament, it is fair to assume that Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to bring in somebody at the very least to compete with Danny Rose.

With Manchester United's signing of Luke Shaw, one of the three other big English clubs that were looking for players in that position have already made their move and gotten their man. That leaves Chelsea and Liverpool as domestic rivals to Spurs for any remaining left back talent that is shining at the World Cup.

Arguably, the tournament's two outstanding players in that position are both reasonably available.

  TeamPosWon TackleAerial WonAccurate PassPoss Won Def 3rdAppsMins
Daley Blind Netherlands DF 12 1 94 8 3 270
Marcos Rojo Argentina DF 8 6 100 11 3 270

Argentina defender Maros Rojo is the man Tottenham should go for, with a natural capacity to play both centrally and at full back indicating he could do a job in two positions Spurs are looking to improve in. The 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon star scored his first goal against Nigeria in the final Group F match, ensuring Messi and co took top spot and showing he is a player capable going forward as well as staying back.

Rojo helped Sporting to second place in the Portuguese league last year, meaning they will be playing Champions League football come September. But Pochettino may be able to talk his compatriot into joining his White Hart Lane revolution, especially since Liverpool's interest appears to have cooled a little, with the Anfield club seemed very interested in the player earlier on in the year.

An alternative to Rojo would be Ajax's Daley Blind, almost certainly costing a smaller fee than the South American, and if the likes of Juventus come in for the 25-cap Argentina star, the Dutchman would be a capable, and versatile option. 

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