Tottenham have been urged to signal Inter Milan centre-back Stefan de Vrij if he’ll carry the ‘nastiness’ again to their group.
Having labored below Antonio Conte at Inter, de Vrij, 29, is an apparent switch goal for Spurs. He’ll have simply 18 months left on his contract come the January switch window so is up for grabs.
The Dutch worldwide is valued at £40m, which appears barely steep contemplating the remaining time on his contract.
However pundit Noel Whelan believes that sum will likely be price each penny if he may also help rework the mentality of their backline.
“They want that nastiness again, in my view,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“I might have beloved to play towards this Tottenham facet in my day, I actually would. They’re far too good, too weak on the again.
“They must take pleasure in defending, not a lot the taking part in out from the again – they’re a group who want clear sheets.
“Go away the taking part in out from the again to the midfielders, like Hojbjerg. They are often those who drive into the opposition half and create one thing. You’ve obtained to recollect the place your traces are as a defender.
“They want a little bit of metal on the again. If De Vrij can introduce that – then by all means, he’s well worth the switch charge.”
De Vrij is reported to have informed his pals that he’s enthusiastic about working below his former Italian supervisor Conte once more.
And Soccer Insider declare the defender has stated he’s conscious of the admiration from north London. He desires to listen to what they must say, in accordance with the shut supply.
Conte will himself be looking forward to a reunion to assist assist his 3-5-2 formation. And Whelan additionally feels pairing him with Cristian Romero may ship a partnership much like the one which Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld enjoyed in their heyday.
Tottenham scout Italy striker
In the meantime, Tottenham are reportedly considered one of a number of golf equipment to have had a scout in attendance for Italy Underneath-21s pleasant conflict with Romania on Tuesday.
Tuttomercatoweb claims that there have been ‘no scarcity of observers’ within the stands for the sport, which the Italians gained 4-2. The reviews states that officers from Spurs, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan had been among the many largest names in attendance.
Italy presently boasts a few of the most promising younger skills in European soccer. And one participant who’s making a reputation for himself is striker Lorenzo Lucca. He has scored six targets and added two assists in 12 video games for Serie B facet Pisa this time period.
He began the sport on the bench and didn’t make an look. Defender Simone Canestrelli stole the headlines with a hat-trick and an personal aim within the comfy win.
The report from Tuttomercatoweb (as cited by Sport Witness) states that Fabio Paratici is holding tabs on Italy’s high expertise, even on the decrease stage, with a view to doubtlessly bolstering Antonio Conte’s squad.