On the day that Tottenham have been rocked by news of the wage demands from Eric Dier, the club should be looking to act quickly and move the England man on from the club.
The Daily Mail reported earlier today that Dier is looking for a double your money deal with Spurs. That would apparently push him above the £100k-a-week bracket, making him one of the top earners at the club.
Dier has settled in under Jose Mourinho and is firmly in favour under the Portuguese boss. He’s become a regular starter and is back playing in his preferred central defensive position.
However, surely Spurs can’t be looking to spend that much money on Dier? Indeed, there is someone waiting in the wings who is, potentially – and maybe already is – better than Dier anyway.
That man is Norwich City star, Ben Godfrey. The 22-year-old has been outstanding despite the Canaries’ struggles in the top-flight, with the club reportedly valuing him at around £50m, amid interest from Spurs and Manchester United.
But Godfrey is unlikely to leave for that price. Given Norwich will go down and need to cut costs, it’s much more likely a fee in the region of £25-30m may do the trick. Indeed, that is what the likes of Dortmund and Leipzig are hoping to pay after declaring their interest.
Younger, stronger, just as versatile, Godfrey has been tipped for the very top
Like Dier, Godfrey is being used this season as a central defender. And with Norwich deploying a brand of football that requires them to pass out from the back, the 22-year-old has been crucial.
This is because, again like Dier, the Canaries star has been deployed in midfield in his younger days. Daniel Farke has spoken of the importance of Godfrey being aware of what midfielders want in terms of passes.
Furthermore, Farke has also claimed Godfrey has ‘all the ingredients to be world-class’ in the past.
So, rather than paying out a whopping contract for Eric Dier, Tottenham should look to sell now. They can then use the fee, wages, and squad space to bring Godfrey in while the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are still there for him to learn from.
On paper, it looks like a match made in heaven and one Spurs and Mourinho should ensure happens.