Spurs are reportedly tracking Sheffield United defender, Jack O’Connell.
According to a report from the Daily Star, Jose Mourinho is keen on the Blades star. With Jan Verthongen’s future potentially up in the air, Mourinho apparently sees O’Connell as the ideal replacement.
O’Connell’s ability to play at the left-hand side of a back three or even as a left-back will appeal to Spurs. Those positions are where Vertonghen has been at his most effective.
However, the Blades will be reluctant to sell the defender. O’Connell has played every game for Chris Wilder’s men this season with some fans calling for him to be given an England call-up.
O’Connell has a contract at Bramall Lane until 2023 after only recently agreeing to new terms. He’s been integral for the Blades as they’ve climbed the leagues from League One into the Premier League.
The defender is a key element of Wilder’s ‘overlapping centre-back’ system which has won the plaudits this term.
Furthermore, he scored the crucial goal last season as United were promoted with a 2-0 win against Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane.
Testing the club’s resolve
With how the Blades are playing this sort of thing is going to become more commonplace in the coming months.
It’s little surprise, too, that O’Connell is one of the first names linked with a big move. His form has been superb and he appears to get better and better with each passing week.
Spurs will be looking to bring in a number of players in the next few windows you’d imagine. O’Connell, then, makes perfect sense, especially if Vertonghen does leave the club.
Sheffield United will now face a real test of where their ambitions lie. Of course, every player has his price, but O’Connell is integral.
If, however, the Blades do decide to sell, they could demand a big fee. Jack O’Connell is part of one of the best defences in the Premier League. Purchasing players from that defence, then, won’t be cheap.