Picture him and Rodon: Why Spurs Need Botman

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28/3/2021 | 12:43 pm

Tottenham Hotspur is reportedly planning a move for Sven Botman ahead of the summer transfer window …

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The Telegraph claims that Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of the Lille center-back and wants to prioritize before next season to bolster his defense.

Botman was beaten at € 40million last month due to interest from Spurs and Premier League rivals Liverpool. So it remains to be seen whether Daniel Levy would be willing to open the checkbook to grant his manager’s request.

It is also suggested that even if the Portuguese leaves at the end of the season, the chances are that any new appointment will want to add a center-back to their ranks and it’s easy to see why.

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Imagine him and Rodon

Spurs have suffered defensive problems throughout the season and Mourinho still doesn’t know his best partnership. The playing time between Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez is divided in the Premier League.

Only the England international has started more than 20 games and even then has been dropped from the starting line-up in each of his last five league games.

Mourinho recently turned to young hopeful Joe Rodon against Aston Villa and he delivered properly. As explained in this Performance In Numbers feature from Football FanCast, the Wales giant made a statement to his manager that he deserves a spot on the Spurs line-up.

The 23-year-old’s arrival that summer wasn’t an immediate impact, but certainly one for the future, and in Botman Levy was able to seal the Lilywhites’ defense for the next five or six years.

“Joe Rodon, if he develops properly, could become a £ 70m defender. He’s a very good player. He is one of those who, as you can see, has all the tools. He has what it takes to be a very good defender. You could see why Spurs picked him, ”explained Alasdair Gold (via This is Futbol) in January.

Botman is younger at 21 and has already been touted for important things by his fellow human beings.

According to The Times’ Duncan Castles, former Premier League defender Jose Fonte believes the Dutchman is the best center-back he has played with – and he has played with some big names including Virgil van Dijk, Gabriel, ex-Madrid Pepe, and Alderweireld.

In a similar way, the current Lille boss Christophe Galtier praised the youth as a “leader” from an early age.

“In football there are executives who are vocal, gesticulating and shaking up the team … I have a few of them,” said Galtier. “But there are also people who set a good example through their achievements, and it is true that Sven is rising to this kind of leader.”

Valued at £ 22.5million, the titan is one of the stars of Les Dogues as they challenge Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG for the Ligue 1 title this season. In fact, the 6-foot-4 defender is only trailing three other players on average WhoScored (7.03) – better than any of Spurs’ four current central options.

It’s clear to see that his best attribute is playing the ball from behind. He achieves an average of a whopping 71.7 passes per game and delivers with an accuracy of 85.9%.

In Rodon and Botman, Mourinho was quick to find the perfect blend of brute force and skillful touch, two skills that should suit his defense to the tee.

Levy will have to approve the £ 36million plunge this summer, which could create an impressive partnership for the future.

AND in other news, Hugo Lloris could be closer to the Spurs exit amid interest in an £ 18million-rated animal …

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