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Tottenham should target Uruguayan hero Jose Gimenez

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Tottenham should target Uruguayan hero Jose Gimenez

Despite recently signing a new long-term deal, the Atletico Madrid defender would be worth pursuing.

In the first match of Friday’s World Cup action, Uruguayan centre-back Jose Gimenez headed home a late winner to hand his country their first opening-match win in the competition since 1970.

Only 23 years of age and already a mainstay in Atletico Madrid’s famously watertight defence, Gimenez would be an astute solution to Tottenham’s centre-half problem.

Toby Alderweireld has provided Spurs supporters with a gluttony of transfer headaches over the past months, and seems destined to be on his way out of White Hart Lane this summer.

Yet, even in the unlikely situation that the Belgian international remains in north London this summer, Alderweireld is 29 and does not present a long-term option at the back for Tottenham.

Gimenez would be a brilliant replacement for the wantaway Belgian, adding a physical presence at the back along with commanding heading skills and a knack for scoring crucial goals.

Although Gimenez signed a new, five-year contract at Atletico Madrid just last week, the allure of the Premier League could be enough to tempt him to Tottenham.

In addition, signing players fresh off long-term contracts is nothing new for Spurs – Dávinson Sanchez signed last summer just one year after agreeing to a five-year deal at Ajax.

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The Uruguayan has an impeccable international pedigree, having already amassed over 40 caps for his country while scoring six goals en route – the most recent coming in stunning circumstances against Egypt.

Gimenez made his debut at the 2014 World Cup at just 19, becoming the youngest debutant in Uruguay’s history.

His record at club level is also worthy of praise, as the centre-half featured in a remarkable 38 matches for Atletico in all competitions last campaign.

Twenty-three came in the league, as well as 11 in European action, illustrating Gimenez is a player who possesses top-class experience at the highest level of football at a tender age.

As Mauricio Pochettino is well-known for his excellent development of young talent, as shown by the progress Davinson Sanchez has made this year, Gimenez would be an ideal addition to the Tottenham squad.

An all South American centre-back pairing of the Colombian Sanchez and the Uruguayan Gimenez is an enticing proposition, all managed by the astute Argentine Pochettino.

Tottenham Hotspur would do well to acquire the services of Jose Gimenez after the World Cup, as the young centre-back could be an ideal long-term answer to Spurs’ defensive needs.

Max Cohen

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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