The long awaited reinforcement at defense has finally arrived for Ange Postecoglou and adoring Spurs fans alike. Coming in at a £21.5m fee with £4.3m in add-ons, Radu Dragusin seems to be a bargain buy for the amount of interest he's received from other top clubs like Bayern Munich.
Tottenham currently sit fifth in the league, and while they've been able to score five more goals than fourth place Arsenal and nine more than sixth place West Ham, they've had nine more scored against them than the Gunners and have just one less goal against them than the Hammers.
With a major injury to Micky van de Ven and recuring suspensions and injuries for Cristian Romero, Ange's center-back options have been severely limited. At times when Eric Dier was hurt, they've even had to set up with four full-backs in front of Vicario.
With the new player, Ange should hopefully have a lot more flexibility with who he feels comfortable selecting come match day. Additionally, with Ashley Phillips leaving the club to join Plymouth Argyle for the remainder of the season, and Eric Dier off to Bayern Munich, the squad depth comes at a crucial time.
As Dragusin arrived from Genoa, however, a Tottenham player was sent over to the French club nearly simultaneously. The 23-year-old Djed Spence, who spent the first half of this season on loan with Leeds United, will be joining Genoa for the remainder of the 23/24 campaign with a buy-option clause included.
Spence has yet to truly settle into his role at Tottenham, heading out on loan for the third time now. Nevertheless, this could serve as a good chance for the player to get some time out on the pitch after recovering from his most recent injury.
All eyes are now on Dragusin. Contracted to stay with the North London club for the next six years, the 21-year-old could be a key player moving forward.
There are always and doubts, concerns, and question marks when a strong player sees Premier League action for the first time, but with his size and pace, fans should have all the reason to believe that he will be a crucial asset in the world's toughest division of football.