Tottenham still hopeful of re-signing Barcelona ace

19 July 2023 - 4:48 am


In their latest print edition, Sporting said Tottenham are still trying to re-sign Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet this summer. It has been revealed that Spurs are in “vigorous negotiations” to bring the French centre-back back to north London in the off-season.

Lenglet’s excellent loan experience in English football last season

The 28-year-old endured a solid loan spell at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last season, where he produced a series of dominant performances at the center of Tottenham’s defense. Lenglet made 35 appearances on all fronts for the north London club last season, scoring once and providing several assists.

The French star averaged 1.5 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League, and his defensive contributions have stood out. In the league, he has a pass success rate of 87.5% (data from whoscored), and he is even very careful in distributing possession in the backcourt.

Lenglet’s current contract with parent club Barcelona expires in 2026. However, Barca will need to sell some fringe players to deal with their financial woes, which could open the door for Tottenham to sign him this summer.

Should Tottenham boss Angelos Postoglu sign Lenglet this summer?

Lenglet is an excellent interceptor, he can quickly perceive the danger and intercept in time for the team in the half. He doesn’t mind getting the ball out when the opposition is attacking and is good at breaking through from the backcourt.

The 15-time France international can even use his 1.86m strong frame to win some aerial duels. He already knows Tottenham very well during his loan spell at the north London club last season and will not take any time adjusting to life in English football.

Lenglet, 28, is in his prime, making him a worthy target for Spurs during this summer’s transfer window. It would therefore be wise for Angelos Postkoglu to sign the French talent ahead of the new season, as he could help the London side contend for a top-four finish in the Premier League for years to come.