After bulldozing Arsenal’s Champions League dreams last night, star Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour is today being tipped for a Tottenham switch.
His heroic marshalling of the rearguard was key in Les Rouges et Blancs’ 3-1 Emirates success and the prospect of him donning the white of their fiercest foes in the near future seems genuine.
When quizzed on the matter the Tunisia international, who is an enormous 6/1 to join the Lilywhites before the close of the summer transfer window, replied:
“Yes, I am aware of it (the interest), but I am at Monaco and I am concentrating on my club.”
A colossal showing in north London vindicated Spurs’ appreciation of the principality dweller.
No soul on the pitch made more interceptions or clearances than the 25-year-old, while an impressive 91.7 per cent of his passes found their mark, as did both of his attempted long balls.
This stellar showing was by no means a one-off either.
Following a lengthy spell on the sidelines between mid-August and November, Abdennour’s return to the fold sparked a drastic improvement in Leandro Jardim’s side’s fortunes.
Having prevailed on just six of the 15 consecutive occasions the former Toulouse stopper wasn’t selected for, Monaco have snared the spoils in eight of the last 11 involving him.
This statistic is sweetened by the fact a clean sheet accompanied seven of these wins.
In terms of Ligue 1 averages, Abdennour’s two tackles per outing means he recovers possession slightly more often than Spurs’ mainline centre-half Jan Vertonghen, while his interceptions and clearances means are similar.
Combining pace and power with the ferocity of a centre-back from bygone eras, the Monaco man appears the perfect partner to the cosmopolitan Belgian.