Good news flew to Tottenham Hotspur, which is in urgent need of reinforcing the center back. French national soccer team center back Jean-Cler Todibo (Nice) prefers to go to Tottenham.
The British media Daily Mail said on the 19th (Korea time) that Tottenham is continuing to talk with Nice defender Todibo and that the player also wants to join Tottenham.
“Tottenham is continuing talks to recruit Todibo in the January transfer market. Todibo is also on the recruitment list of Newcastle United and Manchester United,” the media reported. “At the beginning of last week, Tottenham and players had a conversation and confirmed how much the club wanted him.”
“Tottenham wants at least three players. Eric Dier is out of contract, Mickey Pantherpen and Ashley Phillips are injured, and Christian Romero continues to be handed disciplinary action. Tottenham want to join the Tottenham squad, which has rejuvenated under coach Todibo Anji Postecoglou, while negotiations are underway over a number of defensive options,” he said.
Tottenham showed interest in recruiting Todibo from the end of November. At the time, the British media Evening Standard reported, “Tottenham entered the race to recruit Nice defender Todibo. They are preparing to recruit a new center back in the January transfer market. Tottenham desperately needs to reinforce its defense and compete with Manchester United and Liverpool for Todibo.”
Todibo is a 190 cm tall center back who is currently playing for Nice. Nice only allowed nine runs during 13 matches in League 1 in the 2023/24 season, continuing to compete with the top-ranked PSG (11 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss, 37 points) as the second-ranked team in the league (9 wins, 5 draws, 2 losses, 32 points).
“Nice wants about 39 million pounds (about 64.3 billion won) for Todibo’s transfer fee,” the media said, adding that a formidable transfer is expected.
Tottenham currently has a loophole in its defense. With high expectations this summer, it recruited Dutch national team defender Van der Pen for a transfer fee of 40 million euros.
Panderpen showed good personal defense based on his fast speed and strong physicality. Panderben and Romero created an environment where Tottenham could attack freely even if it formed a high defensive line.
He suffered a hamstring injury in the 11th round of the Premier League against Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the 7th.
Van Derpen, who sprinted to cover the opponent’s back space pass in the 44th minute, grabbed a hamstring near the box and eventually collapsed.
Van Derpen could not stand up for a while and left the stadium supported by medical staff. Immediately after the game, he left the stadium on crutches.
“Panderpen is a serious hamstring injury. I can’t make a clear timeline and at least I can’t see him,” coach Ange Postecoglou told a press conference ahead of the match against Fulham. “I don’t think I’ll be able to see him until the new year.”랭크카지노
Tottenham’s defense without Panderpen is currently playing as Ben Davies has changed his position to center back instead of full back. While playing a stopper in the back three, the defense in the center has become somewhat familiar, but it is not easy for Davis to continue his performance throughout the season as a full center back in the back four. In the game against big clubs, he has no choice but to reveal his limitations. This is why it is imperative to reinforce the center back in the January transfer market.
British media Telegre said Panderpen is expected to be absent until at least January, predicting that he will form a list to reinforce the center back in the upcoming winter transfer market.
The media explained the situation, saying, “Todibo is leaning toward a Premier League transfer, but there should be a guarantee that he will play as the main center back. He is trying to take the position of the national team’s center back, where competition is really fierce, to play at UEFA Euro 2024 next summer.”
It is similar to Pantherpen’s recent performance at Tottenham, as it has 195cm tall and fast feet. Due to Postecoglou’s tactical nature, who wants defenders to move forward and be actively involved in the build-up, Tottenham defenders need an eye to read the game well and have a good speed at the same time. Todibo has the main focus to follow the opponent’s counterattack even if it gives up the back space.
In addition, his pass success rate is very consistent this season. According to Football Mob, a platform specializing in soccer statistics, Todibo posted a pass success rate of 90.7 percent in the league this season. The number of successful long passes amounts to 58. That’s the top 7 percent compared to defenders in the same league.
After moving to Spain’s prestigious FC Barcelona in 2018, Todibo has shown good performance as a bench member since the 2019/20 season. Although he did not have much time to play, he was evaluated as a resource to support the next Barcelona’s defense by capturing the hearts of fans with his solid defense and clever dribble breakthrough.
Later, he left for Schalke 04 in the German Bundesliga in the winter of that season. However, he did not look very good in terms of lease period, and even after returning home, he was not selected by then Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman and was forced to leave for Benfica in Portugal again.
The loan from Benfica also ended in failure due to injury and other reasons, but his skills are on the rise again as he moves to Nice in the second half of the 2020/21 season.