Tottenham target Perr Schuurs faces long spell out on the sidelines
Tottenham Hotspur might have one of the best starting centre-back partnerships in the league in Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven but the backups don’t inspire much confidence and that is why they were linked with Perr Schuurs.
Who is Perr Schuurs? A former Ajax defender who joined Torino in 2022, the Dutch centre-back has so much to like about him. He is yet another one of those illustrious talents coming out of the Ajax conveyor belt.
At 1.91m, Schuurs is not the tallest centre-back going around. He is not short by any stretch of the imagination either and is competent enough in the air. He has the physicality required to play in central defence.
Coming from Ajax, it comes as no surprise that he is adept at playing with the ball at his feet. He is good at driving the ball forward and also has a keen eye for picking a pass that can bypass the midfield.
Predominantly right-footed but also capable on playing on the left side of central defence, the 23-year-old is one of the most exciting prospects in Serie A and it comes as no surprise that Tottenham were considering a January move for him.
Sadly though, as fate may have it, Perr Schuurs has suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury that is set to keep him out of football for at least six months if not longer, effectively ruling out a winter move. This is according to Football. London.
Schuurs is not the first one to suffer an ACL injury this season. Jurrien Timber, Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Tyrone Minga, Wesley Fofana and Neymar Jr. are just some of the high-profile names who have all suffered similar injuries since the start of the season.
This begs the question as to what is leading to this increased frequency with which footballers are picking up this injury? Could it be due to the lack of sufficient rest between games considering the hectic schedule in which games are played.
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What this means for Tottenham is that they are not going to be able to sign Schuurs in January. Of course, they can wait for the summer, but no one ever knows how a player returns from an ACL issue. Just ask Aymeric Laporte how difficult it is. The Spaniard is yet to recapture the levels he showed before his injury. Whilst we hope that is not the case with Schuurs, only time holds the answer for this question.