Espanyol defender Hector Moreno was immense again on Sunday.
The centre-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier has promise, and last summer’s recruit Federico Fazio also adds something in terms of height and strength.
But the biggest worry is there is very little composure in the backline, and conceding 45 goals in 30 Premier League matches is frightening - with only four teams in the Premier League being breached on more occasions, with three of those languishing inside the relegation zone.
A new defender in the summer should be Mauricio Pochettino’s number one priority, and his former Espanyol leader Hector Moreno is the obvious candidate.
The Mexico international was the La Liga side’s Player of the Year under Pochettino during his short stint in charge of the Catalan club and his importance to their side is clear for all to see.
He missed the first six months of the season with an injury sustained during Mexico’s 2-1 World Cup defeat to Holland last summer, a game El Tri were comfortably dominating until his departure.
Since the 27-year-old returned to the Espanyol line-up in January, his side have kept seven clean sheets in 13 matches and reached the Copa Del Rey semi-final.
His latest performance in the 0-0 draw at Deportivo La Coruna saw him stand out in a number of key defensive categories - a recurring theme since his return to action.
He made seven effective clearances and won four aerial duels, but more importantly he allowed the visitors to play out from the back with an impressive 86.8% pass completion rate – the best on the pitch.
The former AZ Alkmaar man’s contract at Espanyol expires in the summer of 2016, and he has been linked with a move to Spurs on more than one occasion in the past, commenting last January:
“Right now I don’t know [what the future holds]. All I want to do is play, have minutes, be able to feel important at Espanyol. For now [Spurs] are just rumours,” he is quoted as saying by the Spanish paper AS.
"My dream is to play with the best teams in the world, play in European competitions, and be fighting for titles. I work for it, but now my reality is Espanyol, my reality is to earn a spot in the starting line-up.”
Now that he has succeeded in his short-term goals, and now that he has outgrown Espanyol, it is time for his dream to become a reality, and what better move for him than to link-up with Pochettino again at White Hart Lane.