COMMENT By Will Butcher
Jeremy Toljan is reportedly interesting Tottenham after starring for Germany’s Under-21 side at the European Championships, but he should only be signed as back-up to Kieran Trippier.
Spurs are likely to be in the market for a new right-sided defender after selling Kyle Walker to Man City for a huge £54million, leaving only 26-year-old Trippier as Spurs’ only right-back.
The London Evening Standard claims Spurs are eyeing a move for Toljan, after the 22-year-old helped Germany’s Under-21 side win the Euro’s in Poland.
He was even named in the team of the tournament, but now the Hoffenheim defender’s future is unclear with only 12 months remaining on his current contract.
Reportedly available at £3.1million, the youngster is a bargain and must be brought to the Wembley Stadium in order to replace Walker – making a huge profit of more than £50million.
However, the fleet-footed right-back would not be Walker’s direct replacement, with Spurs already owning the perfect player to fit into the former Sheffield United’s shoes.
Trippier is the best alternative to Walker, after watching the new Man City star play ahead of him since moving to north London from Burnley.
Last season, former Man City ace Trippier outdid Walker towards the end of the campaign as he supplied seven assists in 22 encounters, while Walker managed only six in 39.
Trippier was also better at the back, keeping 10 clean sheets when on the pitch while Walker kept 15, but featured in 17 more matches.
That makes Trippier the ideal man to fill the void left by Walker, with a right-back still needed in the shape and form of Toljan.
Spurs will be competing on four fronts after qualifying for the Champions League, and Toljan is needed to add depth to Spurs’ side but Trippier’s patience must be repaid by being given the responsibility of becoming Spurs’ first-choice right-back.
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