Date: 7th March 2018 at 1:53pm
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With Toby`s future still very much up in the air, it looks as though the club have been checking out some possible replacements just in case our no.4 departs in the summer.

The Mirror is reporting that Bayer Leverkusen`s Jonathan Tah could be a target for us, but he would likely cost about £35m because of the new contract he signed just at the end of last month.

We are believed to have scouted the centre back on a number of occasions so would he be a good fit for us if we do make a move for him?

On the face things, he does look like a very promising defender, in a similar vein to one Davinson Sanchez. At 22 years old, he is close in age to the Colombian and has some similar attributes as well.

The German has pace, strength, composure on the ball, and is good technically; all qualities that would hold him in good stead playing in the Premier League. He also has room for improvement, which is likely to be an attractive proposition for Poch who is superb at developing young talent.

In terms of Leverkusen`s stats in the Bundesliga this season, they have conceded 33 in 25 games, which isn`t bad but isn`t the best either, with seven other teams having better defensive records. Last season as well, the German side conceded 55, but the centre half did miss almost half of the season with injury, so we shouldn`t be too concerned about that.

He is clearly a player with tremendous promise, but for me personally, if he is going to be Alderweireld`s replacement, I would prefer somebody with slightly more experience. In Sanchez we already have potential for the future, and to ensure we have continued solidity, I would favour two experienced first choice centre backs.

Of course, Vertonghen is more than capable of playing alongside a younger talent as we have seen this season, but I always feel that more assured when he is partnered with Toby. If a breakthrough can be reached in contract talks with the Belgian then that would be fantastic, but if not, I would much prefer the club seek out an experienced international in his mid to late 20s who can come in and hit the ground running.

What is certain is that it will be hard to replicate the partnership that Jan and Toby have struck up over the years, but we have the perfect manager in place to make sure that if the duo are broken up, the transition will be as smooth as possible.

 

3 Replies to “Would Tottenham Be Wise To Sign £35m German Star?”

  • It seems that Toby, Sanchez, Foyth, Dier and CCV all seem to want to play on the right side centre half position. Verts plays left. Don’t know where Jonathon Tah plays but surely the next centre half we bring in should be a better version of Wimmer and compete with Vertonghen.

    If Toby leaves then the king I dead, long live the king. Sanchez is our first choice and Foyth gets elevated to his backup. I hope Toby signs though.

  • The gossip is bad enough during the TW, without continual speculation happening during the season …. all based on??

  • I just think that 35 million + the player’s wages is a lot bigger gamble than giving a great CB, who knows our system and group well, a raise he probably deserves. Yes Toby’s older but he’s proven and he probably has 3 years at the top left in him. Tah may or may not be as good.

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