High-flying Tottenham have been hit with an injury scare as two of their trusted lieutenants in defence, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are on the treatment tables. Vertonghen was taken off in Spurs’ encounter against West Bromwich Albion and it was later revealed that the Belgian international will miss at least two months of action due to a knee-ligament problem. His compatriot, Alderweireld came off in the second half against Manchester City on Saturday, owing to a hamstring problem. However, he isn’t expected to be out for quite long and should soon return to the playing XI.
But with the most important part of the season approaching, Mauricio Pochettino will definitely be sweating over the fitness of his centre-backs. While Kevin Wimmer was asked to fill in for Vertonghen against City, the Austrian was so woeful, he was taken off at half-time, further questioning his suitability to this Spurs side.
Tottenham were displaced off their second place this weekend, however, they still remain in the hunt for the Premier League title, while they are still in contention for the Europa League and FA Cup. This makes it imperative for Pochettino to sign a centre-half as a cover before the January transfer window slams shut in a week’s time.
Here we provide three options that Tottenham should consider to ease their defensive injury woes.
The Hull City defender is as solid as they come in the heart of the defence and with his experience in the English football, Davies could very well be the way to go for Tottenham.
The 31-year old has been an ever-present for the Tigers this season, having featured in all the 22 Premier League games and has easily been one of the finest centre-backs in the league, but his performances go under the radar, due to his team’s struggles. Averaging an amazingly high 13 defensive actions per game, Davies has exhibited great anticipation and awareness in and around the box. A big, strong unit physically, he is excellent in the air and an astute tackler as well.
While age may prove to be a hindrance, Davies is at the top of his game and in tip-top shape. His years of experience, combined with his no-nonsense defending could prove to be a great addition for Pochettino and given Hull City’s relegation battle, the player too would be greatly tempted to move to a club that is chasing the title.