According to a recent report by The Daily Express, Tottenham Hotspur are in talks to land Thomas Meunier this summer with his current contract at Paris Saint-Germain set to expire soon. The same source has mentioned that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is keen on securing the Belgian full-back’s signature but will face fierce competition from Liverpool and Manchester United in pursuit of the soon-to-be free agent.
Meunier’s Decent Run Of Form At The French Capital Last Season
The Sainte-Ode born talent has experienced another solid season at Le Parc des Princes after putting in a few impressive displays on the right side of Thomas Tuchel’s defence. He registered one goal and two assists in 27 appearances for the French giants last season in multiple competitions.
However, on the defensive end, Meunier has been a capable presence based on his average of 1.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per 90 minutes of football in the Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League so far. He also boasts a pass completion rate of 85.3% in league football which proves just how well he can distribute the ball across the pitch (stats via whoscored).
The 28-year-old has earned 40 senior caps for the Belgian national team, scoring seven goals for his homeland in the process. If Meunier can display some signs of improvement in the upcoming campaign, then he should have a decent shot of being named in Roberto Martinez’s squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals following the competition’s postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What Will The Belgian International Add To Jose Mourinho’s Team?
Meunier is a well-rounded footballer as he can do a bit of everything down the right flank. He can use his quickness to make some darting runs with the ball out on the wide areas and can deliver a few inviting crosses into the opposition penalty box. The PSG defender is often quick to read the danger which helps him pull off some vital interceptions and last-ditch clearances inside his own half. He has also proven his worth at the highest level by winning plenty of trophies throughout his club career so far.
A summer switch to North London could give him the chance to add more silverware to his trophy cabinet. Mourinho has been a serial winner throughout his career in football management. Hence, a lot will be expected of his Tottenham side in the coming seasons. Only a few would be better qualified than the Spurs boss to get the best out of Meunier next season.
The Belgian full-back will not only bring more stability and variety to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but also increase competition for places within Mourinho’s squad. Furthermore, he will also be a significant upgrade over Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters at North London next season. With all things considered, it will be a low risk, high reward move for Spurs to land Meunier before the start of the new campaign.