Why selling Federico Fazio would be a risk for Tottenham

The Argentine is unfancied by Mauricio Pochettino but can still be useful for Spurs.

Reports emerged on Tuesday, via the likes of Sky Sports, that West Brom have opened talks with Spurs over a deal for out-of-favour centre-back Federico Fazio.

The Argentine has found himself further down the pecking order following the arrival of Toby Alderweireld and currently finds himself fifth-choice in Mauricio Pochettino’s thinking.

Fazio arrived last summer after consistently impressing in his time at Europa League-winning Sevilla and expectations were high upon his signing.

His first season never went to plan however, with Pochettino’s pressing system and high-line demands failing to play to the big man’s strengths.

Despite this, the 28-year old has put in plenty of assured displays and demonstrated some of the qualities that had Spurs interested in the first place during his run of games alongside Jan Vertonghen.

He also possesses the one trait none of the other Tottenham centre-backs can boast: aerial dominance. At 6’5, the Argentine is a useful tool to have on certain occasions and for all the technical quality of Fazio’s rivals, none are exactly commanding in the air.

Should Fazio be sold in the next two weeks, Spurs will have Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Eric Dier as their centre back options.

It’s a seemingly strong collection of defenders until you consider Dier’s recent (and successful) conversion to a holding midfield role.

The 21-year old has arguably been Spurs’ best midfielder in their opening two Premier League games and could well become the main anchorman for the season - given no new faces arrive.

That would leave Alderweireld as the only option as a right-sided centre back and while Dier could of course fill in if needed, Spurs would then be losing their one and only true defensive-minded midfielder.

Add to that, the fact that the recent sales of Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli mean Spurs lack midfielders capable of covering in defence, and it’s apparent that Fazio’s sale could leave Pochettino’s squad a tad short.

The former Sevilla mean has admittedly failed to live up to expectations but hasn't been a disaster by any means and his exit, in a summer of sales, could be one Spurs live to regret.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch