Tottenham are reportedly looking at signing Domagoj Vida in January.
The Daily Star reported on Saturday that Tottenham Hotspur have identified a player they want to bring to White Hart Lane in January, with Dynamo Kyiv centre-back Domagoj Vida reportedly catching Mauricio Pochettino’s attention.
The Croatian international, 26, is a talented defender who is surely set to be moving to the Premier League before too long. He can play at both centre-back and right-back, and dominates both in the air and on the ground.
However, Spurs should not be looking at Vida, and if they really have intentions of signing a new centre-back, the Lilywhites should attempt to sign his defensive partner from Kyiv.
Aleksandar Dragovic is one of the best up and coming defenders in European football, and has established himself as a key player in Kyiv’s back-line, and the Austrian national team.
He is two years younger than Vida, and represents to a far better level how Tottenham are attempting to play football.
Dragovic is far better with the ball at his feet than Vida, and although not as physical, he is more composed and calm on the ball to ensure he never suffers when under pressure.
This ability is similar to that of current Spurs star Jan Vertonghen, who is a solid defensive presence, but is a player who really comes into his own when offered the chance to move forward with the ball in his possession.
Vertonghen shares many traits with Dragovic, and this kind of player would truly buy into Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy on show at Spurs.
It is hard to argue that Spurs need a new centre-back, considering Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been exceptional this term, and Kevin Wimmer is ready to play when needed, but if they want to bring one in during January, Dragovic has to be the player Pochettino signs.