South American football expert and Tottenham Hotspur fan Tim Vickery told talkSPORT that he never really rated defender Federico Fazio.
The Daily Mirror has reported that West Brom are interested in a move for the centre-back, with the Argentine failing to have any impact in a Tottenham shirt.
Sky Sports have now reported that a deal has fallen through - although a loan move is still on the cards, they suggest.
Mauricio Pochettino made a number of defensive signings at Spurs earlier this summer and Vickery has explained that he’s not surprised things haven’t worked out for Fazio.
“I watched him when he came up in the Argentina under-20 side and I never really rated him – I think he’s vulnerable on the ground with people running at him. The fact he hasn’t come off doesn’t surprise me – I’m sorry Mr Fazio but the exit door is that way,” he told talkSPORT.
Plenty of different combinations
The main benefit of what Pochettino has created with his defence is that he now has plenty of different options in terms of rotation in defence.
He can go for his core central defensive partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, with Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer examples of players who can come in and provide different options or cover.
Fazio is an imposing and aggressive sort of defender, but Tottenham have created a situation where they can now let him leave and cope without him quite easily.
What he needs to be able to improve and show that he’s always had talent and promise, is to play and that’s something that isn’t going to happen on a consistent basis if he stays where he is at Spurs.