Tottenham’s issues at centre-back were clear on Sunday as the inexperienced Eric Dier struggled to contain Marouane Fellaini as Manchester United ran out 3-0 winners.
After the match it was suggested that Dier and partner Jan Vertonghen were perhaps too similar and lack the physicality to deal with players like Fellaini. The club have Federico Fazio on their books and better suited to the task, but he has his own flaws, often looking painfully slow and consistently error-prone.
With neither Vlad Chiriches or Younes Kaboul seeming likely to have much of a future at Spurs, new blood is needed in central defence. According to German-based newspaper Express, that player could be Koln’s Kevin Wimmer, who they claim has agreed a deal to join Tottenham this summer.
The 22-year old Austrian is a left-footed central defender who can also play at left-back. He’s made strides in improving his weaknesses this season – he has been accused of being poor in the air in the past – and is rated as one of the Bundesliga’s emerging talents.
It sounds like a typical Spurs signing – a young, talented player, who has much to prove. Is it what the side needs right now?
Some would prefer a more experienced player. Espanyol’s Hector Moreno has been long linked with a move to Tottenham and as a former player of Mauricio Pochettino, he’s someone the management know all about.
The 27-year old Moreno was fancied to join Spurs this summer until a broken leg at the World Cup scuppered any plans. Now fit again, he’s played 20 games for Espanyol this season and is now firmly re-established as a first-choice pick. His form has been good enough to see Arsenal and Manchester United linked with the player.
So who do you see as the ideal combination of central defenders at Tottenham next season? Eric Dier will certainly stay but it would be no surprise if any of the other four central defenders currently in the first-team squad were sold. Would you prefer to see young talent like Wimmer, or an older head like Moreno at White Hart Lane? Here’s the latter in action.