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Tottenham’s Recent Interest In Belgian Star: Baffling Or Does It Make Sense?

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Arka Tarun Mukherjee
Arsenal fan and football expert, Arka Tarun Mukherjee actually used to play cricket at semi pro level. An ardent student of football tactics, ATM is very passionate about the tactical aspects of the game and has a dream of being a football manager in the future.

London club Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Jordan Lukaku, the younger brother of Everton forward Romelu Lukaku according to reports. It is believed that the club and the manager have some doubts over the suitability of their second choice left back Ben Davies.

Spurs have preferred Danny Rose as their first choice for some time now and since his arrival from Swansea in 2014. Davies, who made 71 league appearances with Swansea in his two seasons at the club, has only managed to appear in 31 games in the Premier league since his move to Tottenham in the last two seasons.

It looked like things would change after the Wales left-back had a brilliant Euro 2016 playing mostly as a centre-back while Neil Taylor deputised as the left back but Danny Rose still remains very much the first choice and Davies is getting his time only due to the injury to the Englishman at the moment.

22-year old Jordan Lukaku, who currently plays for Italian club Lazio is a pacey, attack-minded left back who has some similar qualities to England ace Rose. Lukaku is also adept at playing as a left midfielder or winger as a result.

The defender – who featured for Belgium at Euro 2016 alongside Tottenham stars Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, progressed through the youth ranks of Anderlecht just like his older brother and has played extensively in the Belgian second division with K.V Ooestende where he played for three years after leaving Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League where he made just 8 appearances. He was selected to play for the Euro Cup earlier and looked out of place in the tie against Wales.


At the start of this season, Jordan signed for Lazio and has since started 3 games in the Serie A. It is a bit surprising to hear about Spurs wanting to move for the player as he is a bit far from being the finished article at 22. While Ben Davies is certainly a better player than Lukaku, after his performances for Wales, it is natural that he will be viewed to be like a more natural centre back than a fullback and in terms of attacking and pace the Belgian might hold an upper hand.

Then again, in terms of defending his area, the Welshman is a cut above the Lazio man which should be something strongly considered. There might be another angle to this, it is also believed that Chelsea are interested in Davies and the player after getting frustrated on the bench can opt to move on in search of first-team football which might explain why Spurs are looking to Lukaku in the first place.

The Lazio man won’t be the first choice and would have to settle for a 2nd choice option if he decides to come to Tottenham and if Davies is sold in the winter then there would be some question marks as to if Lukaku would be able to fill in when required as the left back and perform to the required level having no experience of top quality competition.

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