Mauricio Pochettino might have thrown a party after the European transfer window came to an end but there could be more to come. Tottenham are going to have a hard time keeping hold of soon to be out of contract players in Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Alderweireld, in particular, has already attracted interest from Juventus and Inter Milan. However, a possible replacement for Alderweireld in the name of Alessio Romagnoli might have been identified already.
Pochettino would be trying all his best to adjust to life without Alderweireld and AC Milan star Alessio Romagnoli is a possible target Spurs should be considering to fill up the void that could be left by Alderweireld’s potential departure.
Here’s why the 24-year-old would be a positive addition to the Tottenham squad.
Romagnoli’s success at Milan
Romagnoli made 34 Serie A appearances in his debut campaign at San Siro. Although Milan finished seventh in the league, he played a crucial role at the back that saw the Rossoneri concede only 43 goals (via Whoscored).
During his ongoing four year spell at San Siro, Romagnoli has notched up 154 competitive appearances for Milan. He was even rewarded for his performances, with the captain’s armband last summer, following Leonardo Bonucci’s return to Juventus.
What can he bring to the table?
Romagnoli doesn’t exactly share the same style of play with Alderweireld. But, much like the Belgian, the 24-year-old is often reliable when passing out from the back. Although he may not be able to thread accurate long passes, he more than makes for it with his solidity at the back.
His average of 1.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1 block per game puts him higher than Alderweireld at 1.1 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 0.6 blocks per 90 minutes (via Whoscored). When you consider that the latter is considered a colossus for Spurs, imagine what Romagnoli’s numbers could mean in a Tottenham side.
Also, the AC Milan captain is an excellent reader of the ball. It allows him to cut off passing lanes as he often likes to move forward and neutralise a counter-attacking opportunity.
The Italian international is also a threat from set-pieces, thanks to his 6′ 2″ frame that gives him a considerable advantage in aerial duels. Although both players are of the same height, the AC Milan captain has a better aerial duel win rate per 90 minutes over Alderweireld at 2.3 compared to 1.6 (via Whoscored).
An ideal replacement for Alderweireld?
Romagnoli is already tipped as the ideal successor for Italy’s ageing defender Giorgio Chiellini. And it could be a perfect time for Tottenham to make a move for the 24-year-old, who has not only the quality but also the experience to become a replacement for Alderweireld.
As described earlier, the Italian international is blessed with a series of defensive traits that could enhance the overall quality of the Spurs backline. But most importantly, he has the leadership material that might be useful, especially with Vertonghen nearing the end of his career.