Reliable Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold has been speaking on the latest Gold & Guest talk Tottenham podcast to discuss the club’s desire to sign a new defender this month.
With the January transfer window now open, Gold has revealed the north London club will be looking to add a left-sided centre-back to their squad in this window.
Have you been impressed by Ben Davies?
Ben Davies has played a significant role on the left side of Conte’s back three since he was appointed in November, but there does not seem to be much competition for the Welshman currently.
With Davies missing just one of Conte’s 11 games in charge, Gold had the following to say on the possibility of Spurs adding to their defence at some point this month:
“I’d expect Joe Rodon to probably get some kind of a loan or some kind of move this month. I just wonder whether if they can’t then bring another body into that role – which I think they’ll probably try; I know they certainly want to bring in another left-sided centre-back.
“I wonder whether [with] Davinson Sanchez, Conte kind of breaks this strict ‘I only see one person for each role’ thing and whether he looks at Sanchez for, I don’t know, maybe he stays on the right and, say, Romero can play that central role as well.”
TIF Thoughts on a new centre-back at Spurs…
Since Conte arrived in north London, the Spurs defence has looked mighty impressive with just four goals conceded in their eight Premier League games.
So perhaps there is an argument for not changing something which is clearly not broken.
However, reports have suggested Joe Rodon could be set for a January exit, with the likes of Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion said to be interested in the young Welshman.
At the same time, Spurs have been linked with the likes of Stefan de Vrij, and if the opportunity to add a player of his stature and experience arises, then we think this is a move that would undoubtedly add quality to the Spurs backline.
A tough run of fixtures across a number of competitions is coming up for Spurs in the coming weeks, so we are interested to see whether the defence can continue to remain resolute or whether January moves will suddenly look more appealing.