Why should Tottenham let go of Toby Alderweireld and Vertonghen?
Tottenham Hotspur have broken the long-running transfer drought in style by adding the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke to the squad, with Giovani Lo Celso being the latest entrant.
The Belgian duo has been serving the North London club for a long time, with the latter doing it since 2012.
Both have played a key role for Spurs’ success in recent years including the historic run in the Champions League the last term, where they ended as runners-up.
However, both are in their 30s, especially Vertonghen, who is clearly in the twilight of his career and can’t be viewed as a viable addition for the club’s long-term future.
Pochettino can certainly go forward wholeheartedly even without the aforementioned veteran defenders.
Talking about the available options, Spurs boast enough young talents like Juan Foyth, Japhet Tanganga and Davidson Sanchez, who are all brimming with confidence.
Foyth, 21, had a promising run in the recently-ended Copa America tournament, where Argentina got sent off in the semi-finals. He also featured in 13 games for Spurs in the Premier League the last term. His mind-boggling performance against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup takes the cake.
Colombian centre-back, Sanchez has also been impressive since his move from Ajax in 2017. Having played more than 60 matches, the 23-year-old has ingrained his position as a starter under the Argentine manager.
Tanganga, Spurs’ reserves defender, is making quick progress and he certainly deserves a first-team call-up. The 20-year-old was also far too impressive in the pre-season friendlies.
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Bearing all this in mind, Pochettino can easily get rid of the Belgian defensive duo and can bet on the young talents at the club.
Spurs have been productive so far in the current transfer window and offloading both Vertonghen and Alderweireld wouldn’t be costly either.