Following the 2018 World Cup, Tottenham were well-stocked at right-back with England’s best in Kieran Trippier, Ivory Coast ace Serge Aurier and young gun Kyle Walker-Peters. Fast forward almost 18 months, and Spurs need a new right-back.
Trippier is believed to have noticed that the Tottenham ship as sinking and got out before he could be blamed for being a part of it. He joined Atletico Madrid, and a replacement has not been brought in – with Aurier considered first choice.
Indeed, Pochettino has toyed with the idea of using Juan Foyth and Moussa Sissoko at right-back. Even Davinson Sanchez and Walker-Peters have been used. But none replace the loss of Trippier, who Spurs fans wish they had back at the club.
Aurier is the best of the rest, but the former Paris Saint-Germain defender is reckless. Whether that is diving into a tackle, a lack of discipline or simply being outsmarted. Against Bayern Munich, Serge Gnabry made Aurier looked distinctively average.
A new right-back is needed , and the ideal candidate is available. Indeed, Southampton ace Cedric Soares his disillusioned and confirmed he will leave Southampton next summer in an interview with the Telegraph: “I am going to make another step.”
A Euro 2016 winner, the 33-time Portugal international is – with no disrespect to Southampton – bigger than the Saints. He joined Inter Milan on loan during the second half of last season, and impressed – creating two goals in nine games.
Rather than Southampton opting against a new deal for Cedric, the defender has simply chosen to see his £65k-a-week (Spotrac) contract expire next summer. It means he can join Spurs on a free transfer come the end of the season.
Not only would Cedric be an excellent signing for Spurs and solve Pochettino’s right-back woes, but the defender would also prove to be a big hit with Daniel Levy – given he is available on a free and his wages are relatively low.
Spurs have got to raid Pochettino’s old side and bring Cedric to north London.