Tottenham Hotspur’s defence has been surprisingly poor this season.
The arrival of Jose Mourinho in November has not had the desired effect in terms of the team tightening up at the back.
Jan Vertonghen has not been his usual solid self and will leave the club next summer as things currently stand, and Toby Alderweireld has signed a new deal but, like his fellow Belgian, has been underperforming.
The duo have been superb for Spurs over the years but it looks like the partnership won’t be around for too much longer.
Sky Sports recently reported that Tottenham are ready to move for West Ham United defender Issa Diop.
Jose Mourinho is known to be a fan of the Frenchman after complimenting him in an interview when the Hammers had beaten his Manchester United side (Evening Standard).
On recent form though, Spurs would be crazy to fork out the £50 million it would apparently take to sign him.
TBR’s view – Diop needs more development time
Diop produced some really poor defensive phases of play against Leicester City at the weekend, and at the moment he looks a far cry away from the ‘monster’ Mourinho labelled him around a year ago.
Diop started against the Foxes, but his last start before that came against Spurs on November 23 with the now departed Manuel Pellegrini preferring Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna.
Realistically, West Ham are unlikely to ever sell to Tottenham.
But Mourinho does like the former Toulouse star and could demand a big offer be put forth to the Hammers.
At the moment though, Diop looks one of the shakiest players in a team that is struggling defensively.
He still has a lot of developing to do to justify another club paying such big money – surely Mourinho has to resist trying to sign him in favour of someone a little older and more consistent.