Tottenham Hotspur should consider moving for Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard in January, if they struggle to land Matthijs de Ligt.
Pavard was linked with a move to Spurs following his impressive showing at the World Cup.
In Russia he operated as a right-back and did extremely well after a shaky opener against Australia, scoring what was voted the Goal of the Tournament against Argentina in the quarter-final.
His good form at the tournament has continued into the 2018/19 season.
Stuttgart are bottom of the Bundesliga after seven games, but Pavard has been the team’s shining light at centre-half – his more natural position.
According to WhoScored, Pavard has averaged 9.6 clearances per game so far in the league and has a pass completion rate of 86%.
Pavard would be perfect for Spurs
The way it’s shaping up, de Ligt is going to cost a lot of money and it could be that Tottenham are outbid for the Dutchman, which would be a shame give the player’s amazing ability and potential.
But Pavard would not be a bad alternative at all.
The star is a great ball-playing defender which is crucial in today’s game.
He’s also extremely versatile. He can play both centre-back and right-back, and in theory would be able to manage as the right-sided defender of a back three.
Tottenham are always swapping between a back three and a back four, but the intelligent Pavard is likely to adapt easily enough.
de Ligt probably is the man Spurs should be trying for, but Mauricio Pochettino must continue to keep tabs on Pavard, who is clearly an outstanding young talent himself in a struggling team.