Transfer rumors have Tottenham eyeing two Dutch players; a winger and a defender.
This rumor — should it be true — will have no impact on the Kevin Wimmer signing. But it may involve the wingers currently on the roster.
Any club would be advised to add more depth to any position, even if it is your club’s strength. It’ll help lessen the blow from injuries or if the club decides to sell.
So on to these rumors.
With Sven van Beek being a center-back, it’ll increase an already developing position with recent signing Kevin Wimmer and Academy players Cameron Carter-Vickers, Grant Hall, Ryan Fredericks and Miloš Veljković. When you add in the center-backs already on the roster, that’s a lot of players.
Sven van Beek’s stock has been rising after making 39 appearances this past season in all competitions. Known for his physical play along with a great understanding of the game, plus being the best defender in the Eredivisie and the future of the Dutch’s defense, it’s easy to see why Tottenham are interested.
Meanwhile Jean-Paul Boëtius, a versatile winger who plays throughout the midfield, could battle for a spot in the starting XI over the likes of Érik Lamela, Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon and Nacer Chadli.
Like his fellow countrymen and Feyenoord teammate, Boëtius has appeared in 38 games in all comps this past season. He brings a style of play that will feature long balls but also key passes to set his teammates up.
For an offensive minded player, he can also help on defense. Despite contributing just 9 goals the entire year in all competitions (5 goals and 4 assists) he’s only 21-years old and still has room to grow.
For a €5m transfer fee, this is a steal.
Lastly there are two other rumors.
First up though, Pedro Obiang is a 23-year old defensive midfielder.
With Nabil Bentaleb’s contract looking like it’ll be tabled for now, Spurs would need other players just in case Bentaleb leaves. It can also be another way to give Ryan Mason some needed breaks here and there.
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Obiang has appeared in 34 games this past season and recorded 3 goals and 1 assist. Scoring isn’t his job, so instead let’s look at his passing percentage. While he was the 12th best passer in the club at 82%, he happened to be the third best defensive midfielder in passing. He could maintain possession and help set up other players.
West Ham have offered Sampdoria £5.75m to sign the Spanish international, but Tottenham look to be one of his other choices.
Finally Spurs are interested in Bayern Munich’s Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg.
Höjbjerg is a 19-year old midfielder who hasn’t been given many opportunities to force his way into the first team, which isn’t actually surprising given all of that talent.
If Pierre-Emile can’t find a way to get any playing time, it’s not hard to see why Tottenham are lining up a transfer for him. With Mauricio Pochettino as manager, he’ll give out starting roles for young players to prove themselves. If Bayern Munich accept a transfer with Tottenham then this becomes a no-brainer to get done.
Four transfer rumors; three involving the midfield and one in the back-line.
Whatever happens during the summer transfer window, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see young players signed to compete for playing time.