Tottenham captain Michael Dawson’s mooted move to Hull had long looked dead in the water, but is now ‘close’ to completion according to reports from Sky Sports.
The advanced nature of the north London club’s pursuit of Sevilla captain Fazio is thought to be the catalyst, however even if he swells the number of centre-backs on the White Hart Lane books to six there’s reason to suggest the 324-appearance veteran should be retained.
Eric Dier’s too green to be relied upon
He may have enjoyed a dream debut, having been given the nod to start ahead of Dawson against West Ham, but to expect the youngster with the Portuguese education to perform at a high level week-in-week-out so soon is fanciful.
Younes Kaboul is too injury prone
His titanic 2011/12 campaign showed the Frenchman is a formidable defender, but he has made just 13 league starts since then and he remains too fragile to be relied upon as the senior centre-half on the books.
Vladimir Chiriches is weak in the air
When news.bwin.com/en/ ranked the Spurs centre-halves during the summer, the Romanian came out on top, but his ability to win aerial duals is a big concern.
He won just 46 per cent of those he was involved in the Premier League last term in the Premier League, whereas Dawson, Kaboul and Vertonghen were all victorious in 64 per cent or more.
Jan Vertoghen endured a difficult campaign last term
The Belgian was an inconsistent practitioner in his second season for the club, while the fact that Spurs’ win rate is far superior without him in the team (65 per/52 per cent of fixtures) is worrying.
Federico Fazio will need time to adapt
The Argentine is clearly the club’s second choice after a deal for Matteo Mussachio fell through earlier in the summer and there is no guarantee that he’ll be replace what Tottenham’s long-standing club captain offers anywhere near straight away.
Dawson is admirably consistent
Featuring in 32 of Spurs’ league games last term, the Englishman was the steady Eddie about whom his fellow defencemen rotated.
What he lacks in exoticism or on-the-ball class, the former Nottingham Forest man makes up for in reliability and while his potential replacements cannot be trusted for fitness or consistency it would be folly not to have him around.
Tottenham are 1/2 favourites to down Harry Redknapp’s QPR at White Hart Lane on Sunday.