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Tottenham Hotspur Keen On Signing This Englishman: A Good Choice By Jose Mourinho?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the services of Aaron Ramsdale. The Bournemouth goalkeeper has been identified as one of the potential candidates for Jose Mourinho as he aims to find more competition in the goalkeeping department next season. However, Ramsdale’s future could depend on whether or not Bournemouth gets relegated this season, which would favour Spurs.

Decoding Aaron Ramsdale’s Season At Bournemouth

Ramsdale was actually one of the rising stars in the Bournemouth first-team this season and for good reasons, following the departures of Adam Federici and Ryan Allsop last summer, when the youngster was coming back from his successful loan spell at AFC Wimbledon.

Getting the nod ahead of veteran star Artur Boruc, Ramsdale has made 36 appearances in the Premier League this season. And despite Bournemouth’s struggles in coping with the rigours of top-flight football, their young goalkeeper hasn’t exactly disappointed. In fact, only Tim Krul (119) and Martin Dubravka (131) have made more saves than Ramsdale (116) in the Premier League this term.

On the flip side, however, it is fair to point out that Ramsdale’s impressive saves tally is generated due to Bournemouth’s poor defence as the Cherries tend to concede a lot of shots on target. In fairness, the 22-year-old has attained a save percentage tally of only 67% – fifth-worst in the league while preserving only five clean sheets – also worst among regular goalkeepers in the English top flight.

Tottenham are interested in the services of Aaron Ramsdale - A good option for Spurs?
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Aaron Ramsdale of AFC Bournemouth celebrates his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on March 07, 2020, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Is Ramsdale A Good Option For Tottenham?

The goalkeeping department has emerged as a weakness for Tottenham Hotspur ever since the steady decline of Hugo Lloris over the past couple of years. At the age of 33, the Frenchman has lacked the reflexes as well as the quality to compete with the modern goalkeepers like Ederson and Alisson. Therefore, it is time for Spurs to move on, especially with Paulo Gazzaniga also failing to show any signs of improvement.

Ramsdale, in that regard, is not the ideal candidate. Although it is hard to deduce the quality of a goalkeeper at such a young age, Tottenham do need someone who is adept in distributing possession from the back and can act as a sweeper-keeper – something the Bournemouth star clearly lacks in his game at the moment.

Having said that, Ramsdale is young and can surely add some much-needed competition in the goalkeeping department. And given the current economic climate in light of Covid-19, it will perhaps be a wise move by Spurs to persist with Lloris and signing a decent, cost-effective back-up in the shape of Ramsdale, who will be more than willing to return to the Premier League in case Bournemouth do get relegated tomorrow.

Stat courtesy: FBRef

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