As recently as this summer, the Mirror reported that Tottenham were considering a move for Southampton defender Cedric Soares, and though it never materialised, the Portugal international has now joined Europe’s elite.
Southampton have confirmed that the 27-year-old has joined Inter Milan on loan in the January transfer window, finally taking the right-back to European competition only months after Spurs knocked the Italians out of the Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino may have felt that his squad is well-stocked in the position, given the presence of internationals like Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier and young talents like Kyle Walker-Peters.
However, Trippier has struggled with injury after an intense schedule saw him be crucial for England in their World Cup campaign and Aurier continues to find it difficult to maintain consistency.
It is no major loss for Tottenham to have missed out, and the game time will likely have benefited Walker-Peters, but bringing in Cedric in the summer may have allowed for him to be loaned out.
Tottenham’s failure to make any transfers in the summer showed that Pochettino has faith in his squad and the decision not to move for Cedric was one that appears not to have been made to look foolish, though he could have added depth and strength.