Tottenham Hotspur’s defence has emerged as something of a weak link this season.
The north Londoners have been very shaky at the back so far and have conceded 22 in 12 games in all competitions, which is alarming.
Seven of those came in one game against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with the Bavarian’s ruthlessly exposing the team’s defensive shortcomings.
Belgian duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have been brilliantly consistent down the years but the stars have looked poor this term – suggesting perhaps their best days are behind them.
In January of this year, Spurs were linked with a move for Joachim Andersen by The Independent, who said the Dane was the likeliest replacement for Alderweireld.
The links continued into the summer (Evening Standard), but a move never materialised – and it’s looking a bit of an oversight now.
TBR’s view – Andersen was the ideal signing
Andersen ended up moving from Sampdoria to Lyon, where he has really settled in.
The 23-year-old has been solid for the French side and is really living up to his reputation as a ball-playing centre-half, posting a completion rate of 91.2% so far (WhoScored).
Lyon actually lie 17th in the Ligue 1 table, but have the fifth-best defence in the division with Andersen more than playing his part, suggesting the side’s struggles are more to do with the attack.
With Alderweireld and Vertonghen both showing signs of decline, it’s looking like Spurs should perhaps have done more to seal a deal for Andersen.