With negotiations for Cristian Romero seemingly still not complete, rumours emerged last week that Spurs are looking into signing other centre-backs, one of them being Nikola Milenkovic.
Milenkovic would be a perfect signing for Spurs. First off, he matches the mould of a Daniel Levy player. The young Serb is only 23 years old, so could theoretically play for the club for years to come, would only cost €15 million, and is only on £24,000 a week.
More importantly, Milenkovic fits what this Spurs team desperately needs, a solid centre-back. One of Tottenham’s biggest weaknesses last season was the number of goals conceded via set-pieces.
Of the 297 players that had 100 or more aerial duels in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season, Nikola Milenkovic had the highest success rate (77.1%).
This is not the only area Milenkovic is strong in as he is ranked 5th in Serie A for interceptions getting 213.
Milenkovic would also help the team to improve on passing out of the back as the Serbian had an 86% pass completion in Serie A last year.
Another benefit to Milenkovic is that he is left-footed. Spurs have not had a left-footed centre-back at the club since Jan Vertonghen’s departure in 2020.
Nikola Milenkovic would offer a sizeable upgrade on Tottenham’s current options at centre-back and if the Romero deal falls apart for whatever reason, Milenkovic could be a leader in defence.
If the deal goes through and Spurs sign the Argentinian, Milenkovic could even be the perfect partner for Romero.
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