What does Pochettino's alleged pursuit of Adarabioyo and Mammana mean for Tottenham?

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur are not standing still when it comes to their defence.

Juventus' Paulo Dybala in action with Tottenham's Cameron Carter Vickers

While Tottenham Hotspur have two of the best centre-backs in the country in the form of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, recent reports from the Daily Mail and the Mirror have linked them with Tosin Adarabioyo and Emanuel Mammana.

At 19 and 20 respectively, the young centre-backs have their whole careers ahead of them. However Tottenham’s alleged pursuit of one or both suggests their manager Mauricio Pochettino is not settling for his current options when it comes to defence, even with the talent of Kevin Wimmer and the promise of Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Manchester City's Oluwatosin Adarabioyo in action with Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery

The latter in particular should have roughly the same career trajectory as Adarabioyo and Mammana and if one of the pair does ultimately arrive at White Hart Lane they could well be partnering Carter-Vickers in years to come.

That said Alderweireld is still only 27 while his countryman Vertonghen is 29, suggesting it will be a while before they are forced out of the first-team.

Emanuel Mammana in action for River Plate

Pochettino has impressed with his transfer business since moving to Tottenham and if he secures a deal for either Adarabioyo or Mammana it could prove to be yet another coup. The question is, what would that mean for the defenders currently on Spurs’ books and just how long will the next generation have to wait for their chance to impress?

Whatever happens, Pochettino’s latest reported plans suggest he has no intention of leaving Tottenham any time soon, instead potentially building team after team just as a famous Scot once did in Manchester.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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