‘Fantastic’ – International boss speaks on Spurs alleged interest in defender 

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Australia manager, Graham Arnold, has admitted that it is a great boost for Harry Souttar’s confidence to be linked with a move to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur.

Souttar established himself as a regular in the Stoke City starting eleven last campaign and the centre-back has gone from strength to strength since then.

The Australian international’s solid defensive displays at the back are one of the main reasons behind the impressive start that Michael O’Neill’s side have made to the Championship season.

StokeSentinel reported earlier this week that Tottenham had scouted the defender this season and are continuing to track his progress.

However, the report added that the North London club could face competition from Everton for the Stoke man, with the Toffees alleged to be eyeing him as a potential replacement for Yerry Mina.

Arnold has backed Souttar to shine in the Premier League, admitting that a big transfer for the defender would only benefit the Socceroos.

When asked about the rumoured transfer interest in the centre-back, the Australia boss told The Sydney Morning Herald: “There were a few whispers just before we went to the Olympics about a few Premier League clubs (being interested).

“He’s doing exceptionally well. He’s got a coach that trusts him enormously in Michael O’Neill. 

“Harry’s got so much potential. He’s great to have around. He’s got such a great mentality and he’s such a great kid. 

“It’s fantastic for Australia and for Harry if those type of things (a move to the Premier League) happen.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Given Souttar’s age and potential, he certainly fits with the profile of signings Paratici made over the summer as part of his rebuild. However, I would personally like to see Joe Rodon being handed a run of opportunities. 

Signing another centre-back in January would almost certainly spell the end of the Welshman’s immediate chances at Spurs unless the club decide to loan him out.

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