Could this Ligue 1 centre-back solve Spurs' defensive issues in January?

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Papy Djilobodji leads Ligue 1 in clearances this season as part of the leagues best defence. He could be the man that Spurs need this January.

Tottenham Hotspur fans are far from happy with their side currently sitting 10th in the Premier League, but having the 13th best defence in the league will stick the knife in a little more.

Michael Dawson left to Hull City in the summer and Frenchman Younes Kaboul was named as Spurs captain. Both moves that are looking far from ideal with each week that passes. If Mauricio Pochettino is looking for defensive signings this winter, then he may want to look towards Ligue 1 for an ideal signing.

FC Nantes centre-back Papy Djilobodji leads the French top division in clearances made this campaign, according to WhoScored. The Senegalese man-mountain is averaging 10.5 clearances per game.

Stats are nothing without context, but this is impressive from a centre-back starting for Nantes that are fourth in Ligue 1 at the moment. Les Canaris have the best defensive record in the league, only conceding nine goals this season.

The partnership of Djilobodji and Venezuelan Oswald Vizcarrondo has been superb, with the 25-year-old African defender ever impressive as Nantes slowly climb up the league.

He is quick along the ground, dominant in the air and usually positions himself well to make over 136 clearances this season.

For Spurs this season, Kaboul is the only player to get close to Djilobodji’s statistics. He is averaging 7.5 clearances this season. They are both averaging 1.6 tackles per game but again Djilobodji outperforms the Spurs captain with 3.3 interceptions.

It may be hard to tempt Nantes into a move in January; they are currently under a transfer embargo that means they wouldn’t be able to sign a replacement this winter. However, they do have Dane Kian Hansen that can move back and midfielders that can cover him.

With his contract up in the summer of 2016, and Djilobodji playing the best football of his career, this would be the perfect time for Nantes to cash in, and look to replace him in the summer when the embargo is lifted.

Spurs would be signing a very able defender, someone who looks able to step up instantly to the rigours of the Premier League and someone who could add that missing bit of steel from Pochettino’s defence.

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