Date: 6th June 2018 at 8:00pm
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It seems likely that we will either go after Matthijs De Ligt or Jamaal Lascelles as Toby Alderweireld’s replacement this summer.

The Evening Standard has reported that Newcastle will demand £45m for their captain while a similar number was quoted for the Ajax centre-back in recent weeks, so who should we sign?

The Case For Lascelles

The 24-year-old has been captain of his club for the last two years despite his relatively young age. He has learned a great deal under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez who took him under his wing when he was appointed Magpies boss back in March 2016.

He was an integral part of the Newcastle side that was promoted from the Championship with the joint best defensive record in the league. The defender again was a key part as the North East club finished in the top ten in their first season back in the top flight with the seventh-best defence.

His experience of English football and the fact he is a good ten years ahead of him at the top level means he is highly valued by Premier League sides with Chelsea and Everton also pursuing him.

The Case For De Ligt

The youngster has taken to senior football like a duck to water. He was drafted into the first team by Peter Bosz mid-way through the 2016/17 season and established himself as a regular starter almost immediately.

The Dutchman has already played a final in a high profile European competition when Ajax lost to Manchester United in the Europa League.  Now 18 years of age, he has now had a full season of regular football at the Eredivisie side where he played 39 times in all competitions last campaign.

Despite only being a teenager, he has now started for the Netherlands in their last five internationals, and he is being tracked by the likes of Barcelona and other high profile clubs.

Verdict:

In my opinion, De Ligt likely has the higher ceiling in terms of potential, and the fact that he already has struck up a partnership with Davinson Sanchez makes him a very good fit. He would be a much a higher risk than Lascelles but the rewards are also greater.

 

4 Replies to “Which £45m Centre Back Should Tottenham Break The Bank For This Summer?”

  • My instinct is still saying de Ligt would be a great buy for Spurs. You have to trust Poch on this stuff. He wanted Umtiti before Barca got their hands on him. He then went out and bought Sanchez and there have been no complaints so far. If Poch fancies de Ligt then who am I to question him paying £50m.

    Be interesting to hear what other fans thought of Lacselles in the end of season fixture. I thought he looked really good and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. He is a big, athletic centre half who looked like a good communicator across the back line. He frequently took the ball from the keeper and initiated the passing from the back. That’s what surprised me as I had a picture in my head that he was and old fashioned or no nonsense centre half.

    Wondering why Keane, Maguire, Mawson and more recently Gomes have been touted as the next generation for England. Lascelles hasn’t barely been mentioned even though he’s probably outperformed all of them this season. I’d need to see more of him before making judgment.

  • Reports are saying we have pulled out of a deal for de Ligt…. I do like how experienced he looks for his age. He also has that connection with Sanchez which I like.

    Lascelles has come on well. He is similar to Smalling but seems more of a leader. I can’t see him leaving the toon. He is very happy there.

  • I would doubt whether we will sign either, but for the sake of argument Lascelles is probable already ready for the PL if required, the Dutch guy may need time to adjust, although his full international status and if he is comparable to Sanchez this should not be too difficult. On balance I think we would find it easier to get Lascelles as big guns may come in for Dr Ligt and we would be unable/unwilling to compete.

  • It seems according to reports anyone purchasing De-Ligt will have to loan him back for a season, maybe if the report saying Spurs have pulled out is true, that is probably the reason.

    To me Lascelles would be a great addition. COYS

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