Tottenham should sign Pereira to replace Trippier
Tottenham could be on the hunt for a new right-back this summer following the departure of Kieran Trippier. Mauricio Pochettino has Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters at his disposal, but he might want to scour the transfer market for a tried and tested replacement.
One player he should consider signing is Ricardo Pereira – a player they tried to sign last summer. The 25-year-old has impressed at Leicester City since his 2018-move from FC Porto and would be a good option at right-back. He wouldn’t come cheap, however, as Leicester paid £20m to sign him 12 months ago and now consider him a key player in the squad.
The £70k-per-week defender made 35 Premier League appearances in his debut campaign at the King Power Stadium, scoring and creating eight goals. Pereira is capable of operating at left-back, right-back, left-midfield and right-midfield so he’d bring versatility as well as dynamism to the Spurs backline.
In the league last season, the Portuguese international made 33 chances, won 66 aerial duels (47%), averaged 44 passes-per-game with 78% accuracy, whipped in 104 crosses with 14% accuracy, made 68 successful dribbles (61%), blocked 84 shots/passes/crosses, made 106 clearances and averaged a tackle (118) or interception (60) every 18 minutes.
Stats from Transfermarkt.