Date: 7th June 2019 at 5:31pm
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Full-back. The one area of the pitch that we could all be in agreement could do with a significant upgrade. The likes of Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier have been poor, to say the least, this season, whilst on the opposite flank, Danny Rose and Ben Davies haven’t exactly set the world alight either.

Recent reports have suggested that we’re looking at Everton’s Lucas Digne to upgrade the weak link posed by the England and Welsh pair, and if that’s the case, then we could be signing one of the best left-backs in the league.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Toffees are prepared to do business over the £22.5m-rated France international, but would want Rose and some added money in any potential deal.

Rose’s frustratingly inconsistent performances this season haven’t helped his cause, and while once upon a time he would have been thought as a key part of our side, that no longer remains the case. The 28-year-old has even been publicly open about wanting to move back north, and including him in a deal to sign Digne could suit all parties.

Indeed, such has been our long-standing interest in the Everton defender, that the report further claims Mauricio Pochettino wanted him in North London last summer when he was still at Barcelona, but our apparent lack of funds thwarted his attempts to do so.

Perhaps it all worked out for the best, though. Digne had fallen out of favour at the Catalan giants, and taking him to the more physically demanding Premier League could have come as a culture shock. But he settled in quickly at Goodison Park, and the risk of him signing for us twelve-months later than we had originally planned means it’s far more of a sensible move now.

In his time on Merseyside, Digne has shown he can be defensively solid, but it’s his threat going forward that makes him a potentially great signing. In his 37 appearances across all competitions, he picked up four goals and five assists, and was a constant set-piece threat with his wand of a left foot.

Such were his performances in his debut campaign for the Blues, the Toffees voted him their Player of the Year.

With claims that Everton could be holding out for more than double the £18m they paid for him last year, including Rose in the negotiations to sweeten the deal and bring that price down would be a shrewd move on our part.

It would get a player on significant wages off the books, and help facilitate a move for someone considerably better. A win-win situation for all.

 
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One Reply to “Opinion: Tottenham move for £22.5m-rated ace would be a major upgrade on weak link”

  • Rose is a weak link?

    And yet Everton would prefer to sell their “player of the season” after just 1 season into his 5 year contract with them and who is supposedly (according to this article) the better left-back of the two. But want Rose in exchange who they apparently wanted last season, ahead of Digne but was unable to get and so that’s how they then ended up with Digne in the first place?! Or so I have read. Doesn’t make any sense though, does it?

    I’m confused!

    Rose has proved himself over several PL seasons for Spurs. Digne has had one good season for Everton…
    I think I will hold judgement on the Frenchman being the better player of the two until they have actually swapped places and he is in a Spurs shirt and Rose has gone. Because, right now I think that Danny is one of the best left wing backs in Europe and Digne? Well, he plays for another club. Another club that haven’t finished in the PL top 4 these past few seasons and hasn’t just competed in a CL final! If that makes any sense…

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