Tottenham linked with a summer swoop for SC Freiburg’s Robin Koch
As per a report from Area Napoli (h/t Football.London) Tottenham have joined the race to sign SC Freiburg Robin Koch, as Jose Mourinho eyes defensive reinforcements in the summer.
Koch signed for SC Freiburg from FC Kaiserslautern in 2017 and has been a mainstay at the back for the Bundesliga outfit ever since. The 23-year-old has made 26 appearances for Freiburg this term, contributing with 2 goals. Koch’s form early in the season saw him break into the German national team as well.
It is no secret that we have had our fair share of defensive problems in the ongoing season. Since Mourinho took over the reins from Poch last November, only Aston Villa have conceded more goals in the Premier League than Tottenham.
And with Jan Vertonghen’s contract set to run out at the end of the season, it becomes imperative for Tottenham to bring in a new defender ahead of the next campaign.
To that end, Koch has emerged as a viable target. However, Tottenham will have to battle the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Napoli in order to sign the German. (h/t Football.London)
Koch’s versatility an asset
Koch has been primarily used as a centre-back by SC Freiburg this season. But the two-time capped German international is equally comfortable playing in the defensive midfield role. In fact, 16 of his 29 appearances in his first season at the club came in the holding midfield role.
Given that Tottenham are also lacking an out-and-out No.6 in the squad, this could also be potentially addressed by Koch’s signing, proverbially shooting two birds with one stone.
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Koch, who is valued at €20m by SC Freiburg, has the potential to be a solid addition to Tottenham. But, it remains to be seen if we are able to beat the other interested parties in the race to sign him.