Another Fazio: Why Spurs fans should hope Ranocchia rumour isn't true

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The Inter defender has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur but he isn't the right man for White Hart Lane.

According to the Daily Star, Tottenham have joined Everton as front runners in the race to sign Inter Milan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia.

The Italian is out of favour at Roberto Mancini's Inter and his unhappiness at losing out on minutes could reportedly make him available in January.

The Tottenham link is one fans should hope doesn't prove true, however, or at least that it doesn't materialise.

Indeed, there's a reason Ranocchia can't make it into the Inter side anymore and, worryingly, he bears most resemblance to one of the most unpopular players at White Hart Lane right now: Federico Fazio.

Both are tall, cumbersome centre-backs and both lack pace. Intriguingly, both are exactly the same height: 195 cm - that extra baggage isn't going to help them chase speedy strikers while Fazio's poor form shows being tall doesn't necessarily equate to aerial prowess, either.

What's more, the 27-year-old is only a year younger than Fazio. Mauricio Pochettino's preference for younger players would be another tick in the 'cons' column for anyone at Tottenham possibly evaluating interest in the Italian.

Mancini has become known for instilling a discipline in defence at Inter Milan and he has made good signings to sort out his back four. He has also dropped Ranocchia.

Spurs fans, then, should hope this is merely a dead link - or that those at White Hart Lane will reconsider any potential interest. There are already some good centre-backs at Tottenham. Another one - who isn't very good - isn't needed.

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