What will Fazio add to Spurs?
With the confirmation that Federico Fazio has joined the club, it will be interesting to see what he adds to the Tottenham side that our manager felt was lacking.
Last season we were poor defensively and not only conceded far too many goals, but more worryingly looked panic and error stricken, causing around 40% of the goals conceded to be down to defensive mistakes. If we could look for justification for that, we might blame tactical change as well as an unstable team unit, but even this season with two Prem clean sheets, we have hardly looked a fortress, particularly at set pieces.
So with Dawson gone and Pochettino already adding Davies, Dier and now Fazio to the squad, it seems obvious that he has looked as our defensive players as not being to standard as a group, in terms of quality and certainly balance, whilst it has seemed obvious for some time, that despite having quality and experience with the likes of Lloris, Vertonghen and the early captain, Kaboul, I still maintain we have lacked authority and a true leader to organise the team. Is that man Fazio?
I have been encouraged by comments from former Spur, Terry Gibson and also Guillem Balague, who have both proclaimed Fazio to be a bargain. Both seem to agree that he isn`t exactly Usain Bolt, but has genuine strength, is decent and comfortable on the ball, but perhaps more telling, he has real leadership positional play at the back, whilst being comfortable to play on the left or right of a central pair. Seems reasonable to me.
All of those positives, seem to be qualities that we lack at the moment and though I am happy to be patient and allow him to settle within the club and also the country, you assume that having a fellow Argentinean as his manager will be a great help, whilst it might also be a boost to Erik Lamela to have another fellow countryman to converse with...
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