If Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing Piero Hincapie before, then his performance in the World Cup opener against hosts Qatar will have done little to put the North London side off.

Hincapie made his World Cup debut as Ecuador took on Qatar, and put in a fine display at the back to limit the 2022 World Cup hosts and ensure his country got off to a perfect start with a 2-0 win.

Piero Hincapie

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Journalist Marcos Duran suggested Spurs were looking at the young centre-back during the summer and had even made contact with his representatives. Hincapie opted to stay in Germany at that time, but recent reports have claimed Spurs remain keen on snapping him up (CalcioMercato).

Hincapie has continued to impress in Germany, with 18 appearances in all competitions for Leverkusen (Transfermarkt), including five games in the Champions League.

At just 20 years of age, the potential is huge for Hincapie to make a big move and continue his development, and shining in the World Cup will do his reputation no harm. Although he was playing against a fairly poor Qatar side, his performance on the opening day certainly caught the eye.

According to the Express, “Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are among the heavyweights monitoring Bayer Leverkusen’s versatile defensive sensation Piero Hincapie.”

The report described Hincapie as “composed and mature” and cited “his leadership and organisation skills” as being a key factor in Ecuador sealing the victory.

Spurs fans will also be excited by the fact the young defender “demonstrated his progressive passing ability from the back,” something Antonio Conte’s defensive line desperately needs. The Express reports Hincapie registered a 97.2% pass completion rate.

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For such a young defender, Piero Hincapie certainly displays many of the attributes you’d be looking for to bolster the Spurs backline. He’s comfortable on the ball, can pick out a pass, and is incredibly hard to beat, too. With youth on his side, Hincapie could be a real investment for Spurs should they decide to make a move.

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