In an exclusive report by Alasdair Gold for Football. London, an intriguing glimpse into Tottenham Hotspur’s considerations for their left centre-back role has been revealed.
Gold sheds light on the club’s internal discussions, indicating that Edmond Tapsoba is being viewed as a more ‘readymade’ option compared to Micky van de Ven.
According to Gold, Tottenham have been engaged in talks with both Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, the respective clubs of Van de Ven and Tapsoba. Now, the club face a crucial decision on which player to pursue for the coveted position.
The seasoned journalist discloses that Van de Ven, displaying eagerness for a move to the London outfit, brings a compelling combination of pace and versatility to the table. Not only can he excel as a left centre-back, but he also possesses the ability to adeptly operate as a left-back.
It is important to note that the Netherlands international is expected to come with a price tag of around £30m, making him a relatively affordable acquisition. However, Tottenham seem to have a different plan in mind.
In contrast to Micky Van de Ven, Edmond Tapsoba is considered by those at Tottenham as a more ‘readymade’ option, capable of seamlessly fitting into Postecoglou’s defensive setup. The Burkina Faso international’s experience sets him apart.
Gold emphasizes Tapsoba’s commendable ball skills, combined with his strength and acceleration, making him an enticing prospect for Spurs. However, acquiring Tapsoba is likely to be more financially demanding.
Drawing parallels with Tottenham’s recent pursuit of a goalkeeper, where the club swiftly redirected their attention to Vicario instead of waiting for Brentford to budge on Raya, Gold speculates that Spurs will prioritize Van de Ven unless there is significant progress in the ongoing talks with Tapsoba.
The decision-making process surrounding the left centre-back position will be closely monitored by the passionate Tottenham faithful, as it has long been an area of concern for the North London club.
Ben Davies and Clement Lenglet filled that role to varying effect last season but Tottenham need a genuine contender. This is where Tapsoba and Van de Ven come in.
Tottenham’s ambitions for the upcoming season have been met with cautious optimism following the appointment of Postecoglou and his commitment to implementing an attacking brand of football. All eyes are on who he ultimately selects for the defender role.