Why Tottenham should have signed Joachim Anderson
Tottenham had a great summer with regards to transfers this time around. Mauricio Pochettino’s team were inactive for three transfer windows but brought in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon early on.
Jack Clarke, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon were the others that joined the club, but they miss out on Joachim Anderson.
The Danish centre-back was one of the most impressive performers for Sampdoria last season and was linked with Spurs throughout the summer (h/t Football.london).
The 23-year-old defender was also linked with a move to Arsenal (h/t Football.london) but ended up signing for Lyon.
Tottenham to rue this missed signing
Spurs have four quality centre-backs at the moment but could have done with Andersen’s signing.
Football.london claimed that the Dane could have been Toby Alderweireld’s replacement, but the Belgian remained at the club this summer.
Tottenham have the experience of Jan Vertonghen to call upon, but the 32-year-old hasn’t started their two Premier League games so far.
Alderweireld and Vertonghen are 30 and don’t have many quality years left in them, and signing Andersen would have given Pochettino more options to rotate his side.
Davinson Sanchez has partnered Alderweireld in the two games so far this season, but the Colombian has looked a little shaky.
The former Ajax star was at fault for the goal conceded against Aston Villa and also had a torrid time at Manchester City.
Spurs also have Juan Foyth who can play in the heart of the defence, but the Argentine is currently nursing an ankle injury suffered in pre-season.
The South American could also play as a right-back this season after Spurs sold Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid.
An injury to Vertonghen or Alderweireld could cause all sorts of problems for Tottenham’s defence, and not having another senior centre-back on their books could cost them big time.
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Pochettino has worked well with young players during his time at Tottenham and Andersen would have been no different.
Tottenham made some big moves in the summer but their decision not to strengthen the defence could come back to haunt them during a gruelling season.
Andersen might not be on the same levels as Alderweireld or Vertonghen, but the Dane has the potential to become a fantastic defender in the coming seasons.