Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Duncan Castles has claimed that Jose Mourinho will try to persuade Daniel Levy to sign a centre-back in January.
Tottenham posted some rather worrying fincancial results this week, so it’s unlikely that they’re going to spend big in the winter window, but Mourinho is apparently keen to get defensive reinforcements through the door.
After Toby Alderweireld’s injury was confirmed this week, you can understand why Mourinho has taken stock and realised his defence isn’t quite up to the standards he expects.
“But there’s at least one area he would like to improve in this window, if he can persuade Daniel Levy to do so.” Castles said.
“Those financial results are important here that we mentioned, he knows that the club’s finances are in a bad way, and he’s not asking for big, super expensive signings because he realises that that’s not going to happen.
“But there is a sense that if they are going to have the full range of ability to play against the opponents in the Premier League and in the Europa League, he still needs to improve in central defence.”
Castles would go on to say that Mourinho ideally wants a left-footed centre-back with pace.
The Portuguese gaffer may know that the financial position is perilous, but in this day and age you aren’t getting a speedy left-footed centre-half for cheap.
There is such a premium on left-footed defenders these days, to the point where a recently relegated player such as Nathan Ake can get a £40 million move.
Of course, it’s all dependant on whether or not Mourinho can convince Levy that this is a move worth making, and we can’t help but think that he will have a much easier job doing so if Spurs are still in the title hunt by the time 2021 rolls around.