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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Ricardo looks an ideal replacement for Walker


Ricardo Domingos Barbosa Pereira, known simply as Ricardo, is a 23-year-old (24 in October) Portuguese international (he has 2 full international caps) who plays for French club OGC Nice on loan from Portuguese side FC Porto as either a winger or a full-back.

He is right footed and his primary position is right-back so it seems certain we are scouring for a suitable first-team replacement for Kyle Walker, with Kyle Walker -Peters not being ready for regular Premier League football should their be an injury to Kierran Trippier.

Sponsoted by Nike he is under contract at Porto until 2019. Last season he played 2,574 minutes, equivalent to 28.6 full games, over 30 appearances, scoring 2 times and adding a further 4 assists. Over that time he picked up 2 yellow cards, a little different that Veltman at Ajax picking up 12.

The press in Germany have linked him with Bayern Munich, while the French press have linked him with PSG, although that story does originate from Portuguese newspaper A Bola. It is thought they see him as a replacement for Serge Aurier should he leave the club.

The Black Pearl of Nice has a £21.98 million (€25m - AUS$37.06m - US$28.03m) and has the pace, technique, dribbling ability and tackling ability we are looking for. Being versatile he shouldn't have any problem adapting to our style of play and may well enjoy the licence our full-backs get, especially when we play with three at the back. His pace, like Walker, allows him to get back to cover.

He takes up good defensive positions and seems to have picked up the art of defending very quickly. His ability to beat defenders and his crossing ability have caught the eye of Pochettino and he could well be a better fit than Veltman or some of the other candidates we have seen mentioned.

He was a winger or striker and has been moved back first to right-back, then left-back which has seen his career ignite. He made the L'Equipe Team of the Week twice this season. Whoscored had him in their Team of the Month in September.

he looks like an excellent wing-back, right-back in the making.

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  1. Do not let Walker go, even for £50m or more, unless we're sure we have an equal replacement, not just someone who is considered potential. Spurs should be about the NOW ..not just forever working for the future. We have one over our rivals in possessing two England right full backs, who can alternate over this difficult coming season. By all means find and develop another young right back, BUT, for the forseeable future we NEED the strongest squad possible, and that means retaining our BEST players! If we want to be serious about challenging NOW for trophies (not always a few years down the road) and finally fulfilling the 'potential' of the last few years, we must not hand a PL rival an advantage by strengthening THEM and weakening US. I don't care if Walker can only play one game per week; we have a classy replacement in Trippier who can play every other game! But we should not have to rely solely on the latter throughout the season.

  2. I don't believe there are plans to let him go before we have cover. That's not the way we generally work. I expect a gentleman's agreement to allow him to leave next season if we can't find his replacement in time. How hard can it be to stay at Spurs for another season when we've been so much better than all other teams across the last two seasons.


    1. Correct, and of course the fact there is a major tournament at the end of the season means that any international 'forced' to stay with their current club either gets on with it or risks the prospect of not being selected for the finals.



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