Likened to Thuram and Beckenbauer, Tottenham must seize £11m Benjamin Pavard

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has been one of the stars of the Bundesliga season and Premier League giants Spurs are big fans.

Stuttgart's  French defender Benjamin Pavard (C) celebrates with teammates after winning the German first division Bundesliga football match VfB Stuttgart  vs Borussia Dortmund in...

Bayer Leverkusen’s German international Jonathan Tah is not the only Bundesliga centre-back on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar.

Bild claimed last week that Spurs have also been keeping a keen eye on the highly-rated Stuttgart stopper Benjamin Pavard. The 21-year-old, who is desperate to force his way into France’s World Cup squad after receiving a first call up in November, has been outstanding for Stuttgart since their return to the Bundesliga this season.

And Pavard’s qualities have certainly not gone unnoticed by those at the Mercedes Benz Arena of late.

Chile's forward Pablo Mauricio Aranguiz Salazar (L) vies for the ball with France's defender Benjamin Pavard during the friendly under-21 football match between France and Chile at Francis...

"Recently, [Stuttgart team-mate] Mario Gomez called me Lilian Thuram. A physio even told me that I made him think of Franz Beckenbauer,” Pavard, who is capable of playing at right-back or defensive midfield, said in quotes reported by MaxiFoot.

Now, being compared to France legend Thuram, one of the best defenders of his generation, and Germany’s 1974 World Cup winning captain Beckenbauer, arguably the greatest centre-half in footballing history, is quite the achievement for a player so young.

Germany's soccer star and team captain Franz Beckenbauer receives the World Soccer Cup won by his team after a 2-1 victory over Holland 07 July 1974 at Munich's Olympic stadium, as West...

But it is not just in Stuttgart where Pavard’s qualities are being noticed. He was named the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Month for February, an award voted for by the fans for the league’s standout young player over the last four weeks.

So with Bild claiming that Pavard is worth as little as £11 million, Spurs should not wait around.

If he continues to shine and earns a seat on the plane to Russia, his value will surely sky rocket.

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