Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the services of Lewis Dunk - Is he cut out for the challenge?
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According to Football.London, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the services of Lewis Dunk. The Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back is one of many players identified as potential targets as Jose Mourinho eyes defensive reinforcements in the upcoming summer transfer window. Signing Dunk won’t be easy, however, with his club, being a fellow Premier League side, likely to demand a hefty transfer fee.

Lewis Dunk’s Success At Brighton

Part of the Brighton & Hove Albion setup since the early days of his career, Lewis Dunk is among the longest-serving players at the club. He has been an ever-present figure in the club’s backline over the years, even in the Championship. In fact, the defender has appeared in a whopping 336 competitive matches for the Seagulls, with more than one-third of them coming in the Premier League.

Speaking of which, Dunk has been crucial in helping Brighton retain their top-flight status ever since their promotion in 2017. His leadership, aggression and composure are qualities that have been valued by the managers, teammates as well as fans.

Alongside Ben White, Dunk is also one of the protagonists of a Brighton side that have to preserve their Premier League status. The two players have built a formidable defensive combination this season, helping the Seagulls attain one of the best defensive records in the bottom end of the league table.

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the services of Lewis Dunk - He and Ben White make a solid duo.
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A Better Option Than Andersen?

Tottenham Hotspur will certainly have to make key decision in the defensive department with the aforementioned report suggesting a potential departure for Toby Alderweireld. And although the Lilywhites are keeping a close eye on Joachim Andersen, Lewis Dunk will perhaps be a more logical option for multiple reasons.

For one, the Englishman is likely to cost much less than Andersen, whose price is going to skyrocket following his excellent performances in the Premier League. Dunk, in contrast, could be relatively cheaper given his age, although that’s not to say the centre-back will be available for a cut-price either.

Speaking of age, Dunk’s vast experience in English football, coupled with his leadership qualities should make him an excellent replacement for Alderweireld. The 29-year-old is likely to settle in quickly in north London and could be a guiding force for his defensive teammates.

While Joachim Andersen is certainly more talented and has a much higher ceiling, he will once again fall into the category of long-term prospects. It doesn’t exactly bode well for Mourinho, who already boast the services of Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon – both viewed as potential faces of the Spurs defence going forward.

Jack O’Brien

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