Reports suggest Tottenham are poised to make a £10-million bid in January for Nathan Ferguson, West Brom’s teenage right back.
The precocious teen has made only 10 appearances with the Championship side, yet is making a lasting impression with Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs’ scouting team. Devoid of any top flight experience, Ferguson is another unproven commodity who could, in the future, stabilize one of Tottenham’s weakest areas.
Slaven Bilić has Ferguson playing at left back, but the teenager is as comfortable on the right.
And that’s where Pochettino would have Ferguson situated. Chopping and changing that position, Pochettino doesn’t have a first choice right back to turn to. Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth, Davinson Sanchez, Moussa Sissoko and Kyle Walker-Peters have all had their go at one of the most integral positions on the park. Some have fared better than others but nobody has secured the position.
Unfortunately for Spurs this would go down as yet another decision for the future. Ferguson, who is too inexperienced to make an impact at the top level, needs more match time under his belt. A strong prospect for the future, one can easily envision Ferguson lining up on the right with his compatriot, Ryan Sessegnon, on the left. Imagine both full backs lining up as first choice for the Three Lions and Spurs, a favourable outcome reminiscent of when Kyle Walker and Danny Rose employed those key roles.
But signing Ferguson doesn’t solve Tottenham’s current problem. And that must be Pochettino’s main concern. We’ve had enough time to plan and look to the future. But we want results now, so when will Spurs sign an experienced, wily, confident right back to make an immediate impact?
That’s the question we all want an answer to. But to answer the original question, yes, Spurs should sign Ferguson in January for £10 million. Hopefully he can learn from whomever Pochettino brings in at right back to immediately improve the club’s results.