Joachim Andersen is hot property this summer after it was reported that a number of Premier League clubs were monitoring the Danish centre-half ahead of the transfer window (The Telegraph).
Alasdair Gold revealed that the Dane is one of a few centre-halves on Tottenham’s radar heading into the summer, as well as Nikola Milenkovic and Lewis Dunk.
It has also been reported that Lyon would consider selling Andersen for just £25m. If Spurs were willing to match that price tag, it could be a great piece of business and I will now explain why.
Firstly, one of the things I think the current Spurs defence struggles with is leadership and communication; after watching Andersen put in a very solid performance in the game against Tottenham, this is one thing that stood out for me.
Andersen was very vocal towards his teammates and imposed himself well. It does not surprise me that he has already earned himself captaincy for Fulham despite being only 24-years-old and the fact he is technically not even a Fulham player.
The Dane has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, which is largely down to his great physical presence, standing at an impressive 192cm (6ft 3inches).
In fact, Andersen has won 84 out of 121 aerial duels in the Premier League this season, giving him a 69.42% success rate. To put this into perspective, the highest success rate of any of Tottenham’s defenders is Joe Rodon with 59.38%.
Aside from his great physicality, Andersen is a very composed centre-half and reads the game very well – he fits the bill of the perfect modern-day centre half.
His crossfield passes also remind me of a prime Toby Alderweireld, another centre-back we picked up after an impressive season on loan in the Premier League.
Nonetheless, it is important to remember that Andersen is still considerably young, giving himself a very high ceiling to improve.
I think he could be a very good investment and could perhaps turn out to be a bargain, much like his Danish compatriot Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
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