Tottenham Hotspur could reignite their interest in Harry Souttar after an impressive World Cup campaign with surprise packages, Australia…
What’s the word?
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the north London outfit held an interest in the 6 foot 6 titan before his long-term injury in 2021 and with Premier League clubs now on alert, they are likely to take another look at him.
Everton are the only other club mentioned in the report and it’s thought that Championship side Stoke City would net a ‘handsome windfall.’
After his exploits in Qatar, The Sun revealed that the Potters had slapped a £25m price tag on the 24-year-old centre-back.
Should Spurs make a move for Souttar?
The next Dawson?
One player who was on the receiving end of the Socceroos’ shock qualification for the knockout stages was Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Denmark, who were stunned by Souttar and co in the final game of group D.
Australia sent the Danes packing with a 1-0 win to finish second behind eventual runners-up France and the Stoke colossus played an integral role in keeping that clean sheet.
As per Sofascore, he was their third highest-rated player, having registered a whopping nine clearances, whilst he also won 77.7% for his duels and even created one key pass.
Radio pundit perhaps summed up his performance best, claiming: “You’ve got to absolutely love him. It seems he’s got a magnet in his head and been a one-man defence for Australia at times.”
Also lauded as an “absolute beast” by A-League producer Sacha Pisani and “like Superman” by commentator Danny Murphy during the tournament, Souttar would certainly be an interesting central defensive solution for Antonio Conte, whose system is very pass-based.
However, when you’ve got Eric Dier and Cristian Romero in the back three, his role wouldn’t be as the ball player but rather as the towering battering ram, so it could be a win-win for the Italian.
Given the fact that he would be joining from the division below, Spurs will surely be hoping that he’s more of a Michael Dawson than a Joe Rodon and his World Cup exploits surely suggest that is likely to be the case.
So, sporting director Fabio Paratici could well discover the Lilywhites’ next Dawson with a January swoop for the World Cup hero.
AND in other news, Paratici struck gold at Spurs with £44m “Rolls-Royce” who’s now the best on the planet…