Tottenham do not need to replace Federico Fazio if they sell him

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Tottenham do not need to sign a new defender to replace Federico Fazio.

Tottenham could cut ties with defender Federico Fazio, who has barely featured this season.

The Argentine has been linked with a return to former club Sevilla by SkySports, with the club president expressing an interest.

Letting him leave makes sense for Spurs as he is clearly not part of Mauricio Pochettino's first team plans.

Even better, the club do not need to worry about replacing him.

Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been excellent this season, forming a partnership which does not need breaking up.

Fazio is not even third choice in the position, with Kevin Wimmer signed from FC Koln in the summer.

The Austrian is deserving of an opportunity and at some stage will get the chance to shine, something Fazio was not able to do last season when he played.

Most teams would consider they need four centre-backs to compete at the top of the league, and Fazio is currently the fourth.

Yet given the lack of usage for their back-ups this season, Spurs could promote young talent Cameron Carter-Vickers to the role.

The US defender has regularly impressed for the under-21s and is regarded as a bright talent for the future.

Long term and short term it does not make sense for Spurs go into the transfer market to sign a new defender if Fazio is sold, as either way it would block the development of Carter-Vickers, who faces a tall order to break into the first team as it is.

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