Why Tottenham should make a move for Ferro in January
Back in March, a report from the Sun had claimed that Tottenham were one among a host of Premier League clubs to have scouted Benfica defender Francisco Ferro in a Europa League clash with Dinamo Zagreb. Interestingly, he had scored a fantastic long-range strike for Benfica in extra-time.
The 2018/19 was Ferro’s breakthrough season with Benfica where he made 13 Liga Nos appearances. He also made four Europa League appearances, scoring a goal. The 22-year-old defender is the latest young prospect to come out of Benfica, with many big European clubs monitoring his situation.
The Portuguese signed a new contract with Benfica in March that will keep him at the club until 2023, with a whopping £85million release clause in his deal. That being said, should Tottenham trigger Ferro’s release clause in the upcoming transfer window?
Tottenham have uncharacteristically sloppy at the back so far this season. Mauricio Pochettino must start looking for a new centre-back, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both out of contract next summer.
Moreover, both the Belgium internationals are in their 30s and will certainly start slowing down in the next couple of years.
Pochettino faces a tough decision over whether to run down their contracts and lose both of them on a free transfer in 2020 or offload either one of the Belgian defenders this summer.
Plus, Davinson Sanchez hasn’t looked too solid and even if the manager remains keen to continue with the Colombian, he would still need to bring another centre-back into the ranks to maintain the quality of his squad.
Tottenham, of course, have Juan Foyth but he is still relatively young and has a lot of room for improvement. Knowing Foyth is out of action until September, Pochettino must urge the Tottenham board to splash the cash to bring Ferro.
Ferro is a highly-rated young Portuguese defender, who has the technical abilities and physicality to evolve into a top centre-back. Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the Portuguese Under-21 international is a commanding presence in the defence and an all-day threat in the opposition box during set-pieces.
He is strong in the air and robust in the challenge, whilst has the technical skills to play out from the back.
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At 22, Ferro has plenty of room for improvement if he is to hit great heights in the future, but going by the little that we have seen of him in the Liga Nos, the Portuguese has the qualities to play for Tottenham and thrive in the fast-paced nature of the Premier League.
Ferro has a huge potential and he could unlock it under the watchful eyes of Pochettino. All in all, the young Portuguese could be one of Spurs’ more intelligent recruits if he was to make the move to north London in the New Year.