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Tottenham Hotspur To Rival Everton For This Talented Defender: What Will He Bring To North London?

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In a recent report, Fanatik mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur are set to rival Everton for Fenerbahce centre-back Min-jae Kim. It is understood that Spurs boss Antonio Conte has given the green light to land the South Korean defender but will have to compete with the Toffees and Napoli in pursuit of him.

Kim’s Growing Influence At Ulker Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Stadium

Kim is enjoying a solid campaign in Turkish football as he has managed to establish himself as a solid presence at the centre of Fenerbahce’s defence. The 25-year-old has participated in 38 matches for his current employers this season, netting one goal in the process across all fronts.

The South Korean international has been a rock at the back for Fenerbahce based on his average of 1.5 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 4.2 clearances per 90 minutes in the Turkish Super Lig. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from the back, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 88.8% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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South Korea’s Kim Min-jae (C) fights for the ball with Iran’s Masoud Shojael (L) during a friendly football match in Seoul on June 11, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Will Kim Bring To Tottenham Hotspur?

Kim is a dominant presence on the defensive end of the pitch as he can use his towering 1.90m frame to win some important 50-50 duels in the air. He is a good tackler of the ball and can read the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his team.

The South Korea international has got decent pace under his belt that helps him make a few important recovering runs at the back. However, there are some concerns over whether he would be able to cope with the high intensity of English football.

We can expect Kim to bring a lot of physicality and depth to Tottenham‘s backline. He is good enough to offer some healthy competition for Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez for a spot in Antonio Conte‘s first XI next season.

At 25, Kim is about to enter his prime and would definitely increase the overall quality of the North London club‘s match-day squad. Therefore, Conte would be wise to engineer a move to bring the Fenerbahce defensive ace to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the summer transfer window.

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