This summer saw a host of teams being linked with a move for France international Benjamin Pavard. The defender seemingly came from nowhere to star at right-back for Les Bleus in their run to the title.
His goal against Argentina, a sublime right-foot half-volley was voted goal of the tournament and many could not believe he was laying in the second tier of German just a season earlier.
Pavard caught the eye of several teams, including Tottenham Hotspur. As reported by The Mirror, Pavard was top of Tottenham’s list to replace Toby Alderweireld had they lost the Belgian in the summer. The versatile defender looked a perfect recruit for Spurs. Able to play in a number of roles and at a young age, he was the perfect Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy target.
The fact he was playing for VfB Stuttgart also gave Tottenham hope a deal could be easy to force through.
But Pavard stuck by Stuttgart and, it has not looked like a good decision.
Stuttgart are currently bottom of the Bundesliga. Pavard’s side have just eight points from their opening 12 games. The Frenchman has played every minute of their campaign at centre-back and his form has been called into question.
Some feel he is suffering a World Cup hangover or his head is elsewhere, with Bayern in particular still said to be keen on the player.
Teams such as Bayern and Tottenham appeared ready to wait for Pavard. With good reason as well. He has a release clause that comes into play next summer for €35 million (£30.1 million) and based on his World Cup displays that looked a great deal.
But this season, coupled with the form of Juan Foyth, might just have Tottenham leaving the Frenchman for Bayern.