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Despite a change of manager at Tottenham Hotspur it seems that hasn’t stopped them being interested in signing West Brom defender Nathan Ferguson, according to a report in The Sun.
The 19-year-old has established himself as a hugely important player under Bilic, with 15 appearances in all competitions so far this season and having previously been a target of Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, it looks as though he is still under consideration despite the Argentine’s departure.
So is it surprising that Ferguson remains on Spurs’ wish-list?
“This isn’t a surprising move really because it presents a great investment if they are to pull it off, with Ferguson being just 19-years-old and already showing great potential.
“Ferguson has been a regular part of the West Brom side sitting pretty at the top of the Championship, operating at both left and right-back. He has demonstrated great versatility in his play and this only adds to his value as a player.
“Upon signing for Spurs, Ferguson wouldn’t be an automatic starter but he would be able to add some much-needed depth to a side pushing in four different competitions.
“An added bonus to this deal is that he is yet to sign a new contract at the Hawthorns, so it wouldn’t take an astronomical fee to prize him away from the Baggies, making it a very logical deal to make for Jose Mourinho.”
“I don’t think this is surprising given that Ferguson is a massively talented player, while he plays at right-back which is a position Spurs will be wanting to strengthen in the near future.
“Ferguson has not been a regular in the West Brom first team for very long, but it is already clear that he is destined for big things in the game, and Spurs will now be looking to beat their Premier League rivals to his signature.
“It would be interesting to see where Ferguson fits in under Mourinho at Spurs given he does not have a great track record at blooding young players into the first team, but he did make a pledge to help develop the club’s academy when he was appointed.
“Ferguson already looks like a well-rounded full-back given his defensive and attacking attributes, and I would expect him to leave the club even if West Brom get promoted this term.”
Is it surprising that Nathan Ferguson remains on Spurs wish-list?
“It doesn’t surprise me that Spurs still want to sign the young defender, with their defence having performed so poorly this season, you would expect Mourinho to be seeking defensive reinforcements.
“Full back has been something of a problem position for the north London club, with Kieran Trippier departing for Atletico Madrid plus Danny Rose, Ben Davies and Serge Aurier struggling to maintain a good run of form, it wouldn’t be out of the realms of possibility for Spurs to bring in Ferguson.
“He would be a good addition for Spurs, with his versatility offering the opportunity for the Premier League club to switch formations both prior to and during games.
“It remains to be seen if he will leave West Brom this term, however it seems unlikely that they will let him leave the Hawthorns halfway through the current campaign.”