Reports emerged this weekend that Tottenham are among a string of Premier League clubs keeping tabs on Napoli star Blerim Dzemaili.
Currently part of Switzerland’s World Cup squad, the 28-year-old all-action midfielder played a key part in Rafa Benitez’s side’s conquering of the Coppa Italia in 2013/14, but adding further beef to the centre of the middle band is something Spurs don’t need to do.
They could, however, use a trio of Dzemaili’s countrymen to solve three line up quandaries ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s return from an ill-advised loaning to QPR alleviates some of the pressure on injury-prone Danny Rose to play every game at left-back, but improving this area must remains a top priority.
Wolfsburg number-three R-Rod boasts all the qualities of the modern-day full-back, able to attack and defend with equal effectiveness.
He made over three tackles per outing in the Bundesliga last term, but it’s his prowess going forward that would appeal to a side sharing Spurs’ aspirations.
A staggering nine goals were assisted by the buccaneering defender, who scored a further five for himself.
The bedrock of the Basel backline has been linked with a string of Europe’s top clubs and his Champions League stats tell all regarding exactly why this is.
He marshalled the Swiss champions’ rearguard with an average of 3.5 tackles, 3.8 interceptions and 6.7 clearances per game in the continent’s premier competition last time around.
Several hidings against top-four finish competitors in the Premier League suggests Spurs need to add some steel to their spongy core.
With speculation surrounding the future of incumbent net minder Hugo Lloris mounting, it could well be the case that the Lilywhites will be in need of a new number one in the near future.
When out goalkeeper shopping, they might want to consider returning to Wolfsburg, whose onion bag custodian Benaglio enforced five shut outs and made 2.24 saves per game last season, conceding at a rate of less than 1.5 goals every time he took up root between the posts.
All four could be involved when the Swiss take on Ecuador in their opening World Cup game, a match they’re priced at 12/5 to win.