COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham could still sign a good new defender, despite the summer transfer deadline passing.
There are a number of familiar faces who have been left without a club following the feeding frenzy and Spurs could still make one more high-profile addition to give them extra strength at the back.
Former Juventus defender Martin Caceres is a free agent after leaving the Serie A giants and could be a perfect fit for Mauricio Pochettino, although he might face competition for the signature.
The Evening Standard report that London rivals Chelsea are already considering a move to bring the 29-year-old to Stamford Bridge and form a reunion with his former manager Antonio Conte.
Pochettino’s decision to ignore any defensive targets this summer has left the club with just three recognised centre-backs in the form of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer.
Spurs do have the option of playing Eric Dier or Ben Davies at the heart of the defence, but they’re both better in other positions.
The Argentinian manager appears content with the options at his disposal but his squad is set to be tested as they face a busy fixture list this year.
Spurs ensured a place in the Champions League group stages, and they’ve been drawn alongside Monaco, CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen. This and the usual domestic league and cup fixtures will be a strain on the squad.
An injury to any of their senior defenders could leave the club with limited options and a free deal for Caceres could be a safe choice that delivers the club some insurance.
The Uruguay international has an impressive CV and would provide valuable experience to any team.
The centre-back made 110 appearances for Juventus and won five Serie A titles in that time.
Caceres has also spent time at Spanish clubs Barcelona and Sevilla during his established career.
The only negative is that the defender has been prone to injuries but he would provide excellent cover for regulars Alderweireld and Vertonghen.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Robbie Savage has questioned the club’s marquee signing.