The 17-year-old is impressing for Thierry Henry’s struggling Monaco. Spurs should look to prise the defender away from the Arsenal icon.
Tottenham Hotspur may have lost out on bragging rights in north London this time round, but there is another way they can get one over on bitter rivals Arsenal.
As we all know, former Gunners striker Thierry Henry is not having the best time at Monaco, his first role as first-team head coach.
A side which won the Ligue 1 title just last year is now scrapping in the bottom three of the table, with the former France forward failing to turn the team’s ailing form around.
In fact, since being appointed on 11 October, Henry had to wait six weeks before his first win, a narrow 1-0 victory at fellow strugglers Caen on 24 November, as shown by Sky Sports.
The 41-year-old’s win tally now stands at two, with yet another relegation battler seen off in the shape of Amiens.
Stats courtesy of Whoscored show that one of Monaco’s standout players from that game, besides the obvious Radamel Falcao, is a 17-year-old defender named Benoit Badiashile.
Standing 6ft 4in (194cm), according to Transfermarkt, the Frenchman was only promoted to the club’s first team ahead of this season but he has already made four appearances in Ligue 1 and one in the Champions League.
In addition, Badiashile already boasts experience at youth international level, including five caps for France’s Under-19s, as shown by Transfermarkt.
Whoscored shows that, during the game, the centre-back made a huge 12 clearances, as well as one tackle, which shows superb awareness of the game.
In addition, Badiashile made 43 passes, the most out of all the Monaco defenders, and won five aerial duels, the most in his team, for a final score of 7.9 – the same as Falcao.
Paolo Maldini, one of the greatest defenders of all time, famously said: “If I have to make a tackle then I have already made a mistake.”
And given that Badiashile is not wont to tackles, instead preferring to make clearances and just doing the basic defensive duties right, he could go on to be something special.
So if Spurs fancy bolstering their defence and deprive one of their old enemies of a potential future star, then they really should look to make a move for Badiashile.