Why should Tottenham Hotspur sign United outcast Eric Bailly
According to the Telegraph, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is planning to sell defender Eric Bailly to fund a move for a new central defender in January. The defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday showed that the Red Devils are way off the pace in terms of a title challenge.
United are already 12 points behind their city rivals after grabbing just 20 points from 12 games, seven points behind Tottenham who are occupying the fourth spot in the table. Hence, it is clear that the Old Trafford outfit needs to do a lot of work to get back in the reckoning.
Offloading Bailly shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Ivorian international hasn’t featured much for them even though he was bought by Mourinho for £30m. If this move does happen in the winter window, Tottenham should pounce on this opportunity and sign the 24-year-old. Here’s why:
Tottenham are short of centre-backs
Spurs have been able to make a decent start to the season despite being struck by injuries so far. Jan Vertonghen is out due to a hamstring problem, keeping him out of action until mid-December, while Davinson Sanchez is also suffering from a niggle.
However, the main issue is the future of main man Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian centre-back is out of contract at the end of this season and is yet to sign a new deal.
Hence, there is a chance for him to leave the club in January on a cut-price deal, failing which he might leave the club in the summer for free if the club chooses not to activate his one-year extension clause.
Hence, Mauricio Pochettino and his men should look for a new centre-back sooner than later. They would do well to sign United’s out of favour defender Eric Bailly.
The Ivorian is a top-class centre-back who is just not having a good time with Mourinho at Old Trafford. He now possesses Premier League experience, which is quite a necessity.
The 24-year-old could be an ideal replacement if Alderweireld leaves north London. Bailly is still young for a centre-back and would learn a lot from a talented coach like Pochettino.
From the player’s perspective, the former Villarreal man is in a bad state at Manchester United, and so he should also look for a move elsewhere. Signing for another club which is playing Champions League football and is regularly challenging for the top three spots in the league would be great for him.