According to reports surfacing from France over the course of Tuesday afternoon, Tottenham have allegedly joined the race to sign experienced Monaco defender Kamil Glik over the summer window.
L’Equipe have claimed that the north London side are one of many Premier League teams to have shown interest in the 29-year-old Polish international, with boss Mauricio Pochettino keen on him.
But it is thought that Monaco wouldn’t allow Glik – who is under contract at the French outfit for another three years – to leave easily, with Tottenham needing to meet their high financial demands.
What does the 29-year-old have to offer at White Hart Lane?
Big, strong and sturdy at the heart of defence, Kamil Glik has all of the attributes necessary to become a huge success in the physical nature of the Premier League and boost Tottenham’s squad.
After being at Serie A side Torino for five years, before his switch to Monaco last summer, where he was made captain towards the end of his spell, there is a born sense of leadership and control on the pitch.[interaction id=”59653022ed4f1400778ea29b”]
Part of this comes from his commanding stature, standing tall above most athletic forwards, at around six-feet and four-inches, and his aerial domination alone would lend him perfectly to English football.
Strong and determined in the tackle, the 29-year-old isn’t afraid to break up play – albeit slightly cynically at times – if required, and if he can rein in the rash challenges he become a real all-rounder.
Despite this tendency it’s been his impressive and mature performances in the recent Champions League campaign that have caught the eye, leading Monaco on their surprise run to the semi-final stage by battling past Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City and inspiring them right from the back.
What will appeal to Pochettino most – on top of his gritty physicality – is the intrinsic ability to consistently score goals that Glik has for a centre-back, netting six times last season for Monaco.
This Ligue 1 tally, added with a Champions League group stage goal, trumps both Jan Vertonghen’s and Toby Alderweireld’s return from last season and suddenly adds another threat in an offensive way.
Monaco are unlikely to let a player of his quality leave easily though, and there’s no guarantee that Glik would get guaranteed first-team action at Tottenham either, but he would undoubtedly be a top asset.