Tottenham: Forget reported £10m Van Dijk move and put faith in Vertonghen and Fazio

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Tottenham Hotspur do not need Virgil Van Dijk if they show faith in two of their current centre-backs.

According to a report in the Express Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk in January.

The £10million-rated Dutchman has impressed for the Scottish side and has previously been linked with both Southampton and Arsenal.

But with the arrival of new head of recruitment and analysis Paul Mitchell, Tottenham are reportedly keen on succeeding where Mitchell allegedly failed at St Mary’s by prising the player away from Celtic.

However there is one very simple reason why a move for Van Dijk makes little sense at this time. Actually, make that two reasons – Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio.

Tottenham’s defence has come in for plenty of criticism this season, with many suggesting summer signing Fazio was another flop despite the player having little time to adjust to a new division…and a new country.

However, the Argentine has shown in recent weeks that he is more than up to the task, and alongside Vertonghen there are signs Spurs could have found a very effective centre-back pairing.

With the Belgian international hinting that he wants to remain at White Hart Lane for a while to come, and Fazio finding his feet, a move for Van Dijk would cause problems rather than solve them given how long it has taken Tottenham’s defence to look settled.

Players are always going to take time to bed in, so having seen Fazio rediscover his best form why would Pochettino shake things up again so soon.

Spurs have capable back-up in the form of Eric Dier, Vlad Chiriches and club captain Younes Kaboul – players who may not currently be deemed first-choice regulars but men who can step in and do a job if required.

Van Dijk will only move to White Hart Lane if he gets the regular football he is accustomed to, which would mean a change of personnel once more.

If Tottenham do sign another centre-back it should be a player prepared to bide his time, to wait for chances while Fazio and Vertonghen are allowed to continue their development.

Spurs have signed plenty of players in recent times; now they must let them settle and show what they can do as a result. Although a new striker certainly would not go amiss!

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