Opinion: Three centre-backs Spurs should sign this summer to transform the defence

In recent times, Spurs have certainly struggled defensively – to say the least. Conceding 6 to Newcastle, 3 to Liverpool and 3 to bottom-of-the-league Southampton.

Tottenham’s calamities at the back have ultimately cost them this season so here are 3 centre backs I feel would solve Spurs’ problems in defence.

For reference, LCB means left centre back, CCB means central centre back and RCB means right centre back.

Evan Ndicka (LCB)

Evan Ndicka would be available on a free this summer due to the fact his contract with Frankfurt is expiring. Ndicka is a player Spurs fans may be familiar with as Frankfurt were in Spurs’ group in the Champions League this season.

Ndicka would play on the left of either a back 4 or 3, but I believe he is better suited to play in a 3 as it is a system he is familiar with (Frankfurt use a back 3) The 23-year-old Frenchman would be an ideal signing for Spurs and would be a very valuable asset to Spurs’ squad.

Marc Guehi (CCB or RCB)

Marc Guehi has been very impressive for Crystal Palace again this season and is a centre-back I feel Tottenham should certainly pursue. Guehi’s first season at Crystal Palace was excellent, even earning himself a call-up to the England squad back in March of 2022.

The 22-year-old can also play in a back 3 or 4 and would be a statement signing for Spurs if they could secure a highly-rated young English talent.

Guehi was also part of the England team that won the U17 world cup back in 2017 and was very close to winning promotion to the Premier League with Swansea City back in 2021.

Aymeric Laporte ( CCB or LCB)

This one may seem unrealistic, but I truly believe that if Spurs were to sign Laporte, it would revolutionise their defence and would make them a lot more stable at the back.

Laporte has 4 Premier League titles to his name but has recently fallen out of favour at Manchester City with Pep Guardiola opting to play Akanji and Stones instead of the Spaniard.

Laporte would bring a much-needed winning mentality to Tottenham and would be a very smart signing if Spurs were able to pull it off. Laporte can operate in either a back 3 or a back 4 and would certainly improve Spurs’ defensive woes.

Overall, I feel these options would improve Spurs’ defence and would offer flexibility in terms of systems ( back 3 or back)

Honourable mentions:

Max Kilman, Pau Torres, Mohamed Simakan, Facundo  Medina, Kevin Danso and Giorgio Scalvini

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