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Would Bayer Leverkusen’s Benjamin Henrichs solve Tottenham’s full-back conundrum?

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According to reports in the Daily Mail late on Monday night, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is considering a surprise swoop for Bayer Leverkusen full-back Benjamin Henrichs.

The versatile 20-year-old has impressed in recent seasons in the Bundesliga, with his solid performances earning himself a call-up for Germany’s FIFA Confederations Cup squad last month.

It is understood that Henrichs’ representatives are keen on discussing a switch to the Premier League, although Tottenham would have to meet the £18 million valuation put on the German.

Would the German be a good fit for Tottenham?

With Kyle Walker recently completing his move to Premier League rivals Manchester City, it’s arguable that Mauricio Pochettino should use the £50 million fee to re-invest in the full-back area.

Although Kieran Trippier left a lasting impression during his various appearances last season – earning himself a five-year contract extension – there is still a feeling that more strength in depth is needed.

If it is youthful exuberance, character and potential that the Argentine desires then he should look no further than Henrichs, who has burst onto the scene in Germany and really caught the eye with his displays.

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What he lacks in experience – after all he is only 20-years-old – he more than makes up for in creativity and intent. Unlike Trippier, he has Walker’s natural ability to rush to the by-line and create chances for the strikers to feed off in the box, creating 1.67 chances per game last season.

On a much wider pitch at Wembley Stadium this attacking edge could really benefit Tottenham’s offensive play in the final third, taking his love of getting forward and utilising it almost as a winger.

He could do with working on his end product,  but the fact of the matter is that Henrichs spends enough time in the final third that, eventually, chances will fall to the likes of Harry Kane.

The prime difference between Henrichs and Trippier, however, comes in the lack of maturity that the German has and a lack of exposure at the highest level, leaving him prone to errors in positioning.

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It would be a gamble for Tottenham to move for the 20-year-old, especially with him by no means the finished article. Nonetheless given time to develop at the right team he could easily emulate Walker’s impact.

 

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Although £18 million may seem steep for somebody that’s only 20-years-old, and has only recently burst through into the Bundesliga, the long-term investment in his potential could pay off one day. If the report is true and representatives of the player are willing to begin negotiations with Tottenham then it seems foolish for Pochettino to say no – this could be worth keeping an eye on.
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