Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a player they simply do not need.
The problem is, despite the 26-year-old impressing for Germany at this summer’s European Championships and possessing talent in abundance, it is a move that simply makes no sense for Spurs.
Predominantly a left-back, Hector would arrive at White Hart Lane to compete with Danny Rose and Ben Davies, and we all saw how three players competing for one full-back position went for DeAndre Yedlin and Kieran Trippier last season, with the former heading out on loan and the latter merely a bit-part player.
Those scratching their heads at the link should remember Hector can also operate as a defensive midfielder, as he did with real success at Koln at various times last season.
But that versatility appears somewhat redundant following the signing of Victor Wanyama from Southampton.
With Eric Dier and Wanyama both competing for a holding role, Hector could be fighting not one but two losing battles if he signed for Tottenham.
His class could ensure it was another who missed out, be it Rose or Wanyama, but why would Mauricio Pochettino bring in one player only to quickly usurp him with another?
The simple fact is Tottenham’s need is up front and on the wing, and if Pochettino can sufficiently strengthen in those two areas he could go one step further than last time out and bring some silverware back to North London.