When Tottenham decided to part ways with their exciting young centre-back Steven Caulker, many eyebrows were raised.
Caulker was considered as the heir to legendary Ledley King at Spurs. His performances in the past two seasons in Premier League with Swansea City and Spurs had displayed his talent and potential at the highest stage. With age on his side he was expected to conquer further heights.
But the Spurs think tank had different ideas, they decided to part ways with the defender who was their fourth choice option behind Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul. Caulker departed in summer to Cardiff City in a record deal surprising many Lillywhites.
Gareth Bale to Real Madrid saga might have taken all the limelight this transfer window. But the Spurs have had a busy summer strengthening their side on multiple positions in the process. The arrivals in midfield and upfront has put them in a strong position ahead of new season, and defensive reinforcements are expected at White Hart Lane as well.
Ajax center back Toby Alderwield and Steua Bucharest youngster Vlad Chiriches are believed to be Tottenham's primary targets to further strengthen their defence. Romanian Chiriches is believed to be closing in on a move to North London if reports from Romania are to be believed.
What will Chiriches bring to Spurs' defence? Is the 23-year-old defender a better bet than Vertonghen, Dawson or Kaboul? Or as a long-term investment, is he better than Caulker?
Benfica academy product Chirches is considered as the heir to Romanian legend Christian Chivu back in his homeland. Chiriches has 42 international caps already to his name, with some sensational performances under his belt.
Chiriches is a ball playing central-defender who is comfortable playing from the back. He is quick and could be perfect for AVB's methods at Spurs
He's a good reader of the game and his ability to intercept opposition attacks outlines his positional sense which will be valuable for any side in the Premier League.
His playing style and technical abilities has drawn comparisons with PSG's Brazilian center back Thiago Silva who is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the world. At 23-years, Chiriches has his peak years ahead of him and will be looking forward to build from the start to scale further heights.
The doubts remains over Dawson's style of play and his suitability in AVB's system, whereas Kaboul is just returning from a long term injury. Chiriches's addition can help AVB to take some burden off Vertonghen's shoulders, and the prospect of him playing in an exciting team like Spurs will be mouth watering for the Premier League faithful.
What impact are you expecting from Chiriches at Spurs? A regular or a back up option?
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