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Tottenham Hotspur To Rival Liverpool In Pursuit Of This English Defender: Right Fit For Mourinho?

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In a recent report, The Athletic has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are set to rival Liverpool in pursuit of Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa. It is understood that the English centre-back is on Spurs’ radar following his impressive form at Villa Park so far this season (via The Athletic).

Konsa’s Steady Growth At Villa Park Recently

Konsa has enjoyed a brilliant campaign with the Villans after producing a run of consistent displays at the centre of Dean Smith’s defence. He has participated in 21 matches for the West Midlands club this term, registering two goals and two yellow cards across all competitions.

The 23-year-old has done well to average 0.7 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 4.2 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season. The London-born defensive ace has even taken care of the ball well when distributing possession from the back as evidenced by his pass success rate of 84.4% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Konsa has established himself as one of the English first division’s most consistent defenders this season, so it is no wonder that the top clubs like Tottenham and Liverpool are keeping a close eye on him ahead of a potential move in the future.

Tottenham Hotspur to rival Liverpool in pursuit of Konsa who is in action in the picture
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese midfielder Pedro Neto (L) vies with Aston Villa’s English defender Ezri Konsa during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 12, 2020. (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The English Centre-Half Add To Jose Mourinho’s Side?

Konsa has decent pace under his belt that allows him to make some important recovering runs at the back. He is a no-nonsense centre-back who is always willing to clear the danger when required. The English talent has matured as a footballer under Smith’s tutelage this season and deserves a pat on the back for passing the ball accurately out from defence. However, he is yet to get a taste of European football, which makes him a risky option for Spurs to consider in the summer.

Is Konsa The Right Fit For Spurs?

Jose Mourinho has currently got Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier as his first-choice centre-backs while Joe Roden and Japhet Tanganga offer cover for them in Tottenham’s match-day squad. However, Spurs’ defensive form has been far from consistent in the Premier League this season, so Mourinho would be wise to recruit a fresh face when the transfer window reopens later this year.

Konsa could be a decent fit for the North London giants if he can continue to perform at a high level for the Villans in the remainder of this campaign. At 23, the English defender has got plenty of years left in his locker and would be a good long-term signing for Mourinho. All in all, the Tottenham manager should consider engineering a move to bring Konsa to the English capital this summer.

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