Steve McManaman gives verdict on Eder Militao’s links to Tottenham
According to horseracing.net (h/t Football.london), Former Real Madrid and Liverpool star Steve McManaman has blessed the rumours surrounding the transfer of Eder Militao to Tottenham Hotspur.
It was earlier reported that Jose Mourinho is keen on signing the youngster and was in contact with Real Madrid regarding the same. The Spurs boss views his countryman as a replacement for Jan Vertonghen. The Belgian is in the last few months of his contract and could leave the club for free in the summer.
Militao has struggled to make an impact since his move to Madrid last summer and has made just 13 appearances all season. McManaman believes that the 22-year-old will be a good signing for Tottenham.
The former Madrid star revealed that he was left unimpressed by the defender’s debut spell in La Liga. He reminisced about the positive impression the player had left the previous season where he starred for Portuguese giants Porto.
“I was really impressed with him last season for Porto and I thought he was an excellent central defender.”
Right player under the wrong manager?
Although Militao has struggled at the Bernabeu, his performances in the Champions League for Porto have convinced McManaman that he can cut it at the highest level.
The now 48-year-old laid the blame for Militao’s lack of opportunities on Zinedine Zidane’s choice of going with the same back four that he had used in his first spell.
“The thing that’s hampered Militao at Madrid is that when Zinedine Zidane went back to the Bernabeu he returned to his trusted back four who he thinks he can rely on.”
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Militao will cost Tottenham in the range of £70million. Tottenham have been extremely shaky at the back and have struggled to keep clean sheets this season. The club has kept just four shutouts in the Premier League, the lowest in the league.
With Jan Vertonghen seemingly on his way out and Toby Alderweireld showing first signs of regression, Spurs will do well to bring in new blood at the back. It remains to be seen if we make a serious move for Militao.