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Journo: Tottenham Hotspur ‘absolutely love’ Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi

According to journalist Alasdair Gold of Football.London, Crystal Palace centre-back Marc Guehi is a player that Tottenham Hotspur ‘absolutely love’.

Spurs are yet to sign a centre-back on a permanent deal after Antonio Conte played left-back Ben Davies in a three-man backline last season. Clement Lenglet has been signed on loan from Barcelona.

However, the season-long deal implies that Spurs could look for a long-term solution later on. Amidst this, Gold claims that Guehi continues to be a defender that has admirers at N17.

Answering a fan’s question in a Q&A session about Tottenham’s potential interest in the former Chelsea defender, the journalist said:

Tottenham admire Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace.
Tottenham admire Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Spurs absolutely love him and I reported earlier in the summer that the 22-year-old was one of the names on their centre-back wish list. He plays mainly on the left of central defence where Tottenham now have Davies and Lenglet, although the latter can play in the centre if required.”

However, a deal for Guehi, if Spurs think about trying their hand at signing him, could prove to be troublesome. After all, the Englishman only signed for Patrick Vieira’s side last summer in a potential £20m transfer from Chelsea.

His contract also has four years left which means Palace still have a good amount of control over his future. Gold, however, believes Spurs will look for a new centre-back in case one or both of Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga leave.

“Spurs will look for another centre-back if Rodon and/or Tanganga depart in the weeks ahead but I wonder if Guehi would may be one for next summer when I’m sure a number of teams will look at him after the World Cup.”

Joe Rodon has struggled to get game time under Antonio Conte. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Joe Rodon has struggled to get game time under Antonio Conte. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Guehi continues to be an important cog in Vieira’s machine at Selhurst Park. Despite being only 22 years old, he started in 36 Premier League games for the Eagles last season.

As for Spurs, it then becomes important to retain some of the defenders they currently have. They may not be preferred by Conte to start games, but the importance of depth in the backline, especially in a system with three centre-backs, cannot be understated.

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It shows he is one of their most important players and any potential suitor, be it Spurs or anyone else, would not have an easy time snatching him off their hands so early on in his Palace career.

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