Two Replacements For Kyle Walker Who Tottenham Can Target
One of the most unexpected transfers of the summer transfer window is that of Kyle Walker to Manchester City, especially because the Englishman was a big success at his former club. That, plus the fact that Tottenham were so fruitful in their use of fullbacks astonished many a fan and onlooker when the transfer went through.
Walker seemed like he was indispensable to a Spurs side that has improved vastly over the past 2-3 seasons. However, the move has long been confirmed and Spurs have a lot of money in order to sign a competitive replacement for Walker. Here are 3 note-worthy candidates that Spurs should have a look at –
The Portuguese right back spent the last season out on loan from Porto at OGC Nice, where the club came close to toppling league mega-spenders Paris Saint Germain. The stats surrounding him are slightly skewed by him as he was deployed as a right winger sometimes. He represents a very intriguing option for Spurs as he is equally adept at playing as a fullback or even as a wingback.
Pereira is defensively better than Kyle Walker, whereas attacking wise he comes pretty close to matching Walker’s good work. Spurs would do well to bring him in as a replacement for the departed Englishman.
Cedric is another Portuguese option that Pochettino can look at. He has done really well over the past 2 seasons, garnering interest from both Barcelona and Chelsea. But with Barcelona having signed Nelson Semedo, it could be a boon to Spurs as they will get a free run-in on him.
Cedric is more of a crosser than Walker and uses long balls to good effect. His passing accuracy isn’t that great though and that is one area where he could look to improve on. But all in all, Cedric would represent a fantastic buy for Spurs. As a proven Premier League player with Southampton, he could well be high on the list of Pochettino’s targets.
The Albanian represents a defensive option that Pochettino could take a look at. After initially starting out with Empoli, he moved to Naples, where he has been a revelation, albeit a much quieter one due to his defensive solidarity.
This is seen from his assist tally, which stands at 1, whereas Kyle Walker had 5 assists to his name in the season gone by. He would be a solid and assured option for Pochettino, especially if he wants to beef up his defence.