Rio Ferdinand's previous comments on Tottenham Hotspur target & Manchester United defender Eric Bailly

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar and pundit Rio Ferdinand in discussion prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax at at the Tottenham...

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.

Eric Bailly of Man Utd sports ginger hair during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 28, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Rio Ferdinand recently labelled Manchester United defender Eric Bailly's body language as 'horrendous' as he is now being tipped for a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Daily Star have claimed that Mauricio Pochettino is keen on the central-defender if they end up losing key man Toby Alderweierld.

The 25-year-old has once again struggled with injuries this season as his career is seemingly stagnating at the underperforming Manchester club.

 

Over the course of this season, former United defender Ferdinand, who also works as a TV pundit, has been sharing some interesting thoughts on Bailly.

In October Bailly was substituted after 18 minutes during Man Utd's win against Newcastle and this is what Ferdinand had to say about the player:

“I don’t see a way back for Eric Bailly, dragged off,” Ferdinand told BT Sport, as quoted by TalkSport. “The manager said in the last game he didn’t have players that could play the ball out from the back and he’s been made the fall guy here."

Then in March after United's dramatic Champions League win at PSG, Ferdinand was even more brutal in his comments:

“His body language there [for PSG’s goal] is horrendous,” Ferdinand told BT Sport, as quoted by the Metro. ‘He doesn’t look like a defender at all. He looks like a midfielder in the back four and somebody who shouldn’t be there.- It would have been negligent to leave him on the pitch - It’s a blessing he’s actually got injured and had to come off.”

Eric Bailly of Manchester United and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint Germain in action during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and...

There is no doubt that Bailly has talent in abundance, but a struggle to stay on the pitch, pick up some form and problems with United as a whole have not helped his cause.

If a move were to happen then Tottenham would be an ideal place for the player. Mauricio Pochettino has showcased on a number of occasions that he has the ability take a players career to the next level.

Bailly moved to Old Trafford during the summer of 2015 when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the club, they paid Villareal £30 million for his services, according to BBC Sport.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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