By Alan Hutton

10th Jun, 2020 | 6:45am

'Can be brilliant' - Exclusive: Hutton on PL 25-yr-old reuniting with Mourinho at Spurs

Alan Hutton admits he is not convinced that Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma is the answer to solve Jose Mourinho’s defensive issues at Tottenham this summer. 

The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the 25-year-old “can be brilliant” but that he is also too inconsistent to rely upon.

French outlet RMC Sport report that Zouma is among a number of names Mourinho has given to the Spurs board as a potential target ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Portuguese boss signed Zouma as a teenager for the Blues back in January 2014, with the centre-back enduring a hit-and-miss time in England.

Hutton believes Mourinho’s relationship is the driving force behind a potential pursuit but admits the France international has been too erratic for his liking.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think that’s what it is, he knows him, he brought him to Chelsea so he obviously likes him as a player and knows what he’s capable of.

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“It’s a position I think Tottenham need to strengthen. Is he the answer? I don’t know, is my opinion. He can be very up and down, he can be brilliant one minute but then the next minute a little bit sloppy.

“The way Tottenham have been over the last season, they’ve shipped a lot of goals so they’re really going to have to work had to try and tighten that up. He’ll be an option they’re looking at but I’m pretty sure there will be other options also.” 

Zouma has made 33 appearances across all competitions for Frank Lampard this season, although he has featured just three times in the Premier League since the start of 2020.

He has also spent time out on loan at Stoke City and Everton in recent years.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED the club are willing to scrap their cagey transfer plans to sign a big Mourinho favourite.