Sid Lowe has told ESPN that Tottenham target Clement Lenglet could help to transform Antonio Conte’s defence.
With transfer window specialist Fabrizio Romano reporting that Lenglet’s proposed loan move to Spurs is now ‘just a matter of time’, it looks increasingly likely that the 27-year-old will be plying his trade in North London next season.
The French international endured a torrid season at FC Barcelona, having failed to win the trust of current head coach Xavi Hernandez.
Lenglet made just six La Liga starts for the Blaugrana as they finished behind bitter rivals Real Madrid (TransferMarkt).
Conte will be hoping that he can spark a resurgence in a player who showed great promise at Sevilla, where he made 73 appearances in all competitions (TransferMarkt).
Lowe believes that the player is now at a low point in his career. Speaking to ESPN, he said: “For the last 18 months or so he has been incredibly accident-prone. He has given away a lot of penalties and made a lot of mistakes.
“He has looked completely out of confidence in a defensive structure that’s really not working. And in an environment, and you are saying this from the outside, he just doesn’t seem to feel comfortable.
“He doesn’t seem to feel at home and has ended up slipping outside of the Barcelona team. To be perfectly honest, right now, he isn’t a great player.
However, he continued to claim that he could see the signing working out for both parties.
Lowe added: “But the optimist in me thinks, in the right environment, with the right kind of structure and a manager that builds the defence in the right way, then this could be quite a useful signing for Spurs.
“I don’t know if they will play him in a two or a three. But if you just want a steady defender, who defends well, and you can get him physically, emotionally and psychologically right, then I think he can be a useful signing.”
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I am in agreement with Lowe. Lenglet has shown in the past that he has all the attributes to establish himself as a top-class centre-back. However, the lapses of concentration that have led to mistakes in the past couple of seasons are a worry.
Here’s to hoping that Conte can drill these wobbles out of him and that Spurs will get to witness his ball-playing prowess.
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