Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Fabio Paratici dipped into the market to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad during the January transfer window.
The Italian chief brought in Pedro Porro and Arnaut Danjuma to improve the side, with the former coming in to compete with Emerson Royal for a place at wing-back.
Who should start for Spurs at right wing-back?
However, the Spaniard has been unable to force his way into the side as the Brazilian defender has recorded a Sofascore rating of 6.8 or higher in the Premier League and Champions League in his last five starts – scoring twice in that time.
They are both vying to be the club’s undisputed, long-term, right-back option and it is a position that has been up for grabs for a number of years since Kyle Walker’s departure.
How did Kyle Walker perform at Tottenham?
The England international, who was hailed as “exceptional” for his country by journalist Ryan Taylor, was a terrific servant for Spurs as he made 229 appearances for the club in all competitions before his move to Manchester City in 2017.
Daniel Levy struck gold for Tottenham by signing the full-back from Sheffield United in the summer of 2009, which was a double deal for him and Kyle Naughton for a combined fee of £9m.
The gem enjoyed loan spells with Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa before establishing himself as a regular in the team in the 2011/12 campaign – playing 37 times in the Premier League that season.
His impressive performances in the division led to the then-21-year-old winning PFA Young Player of the Year ahead of Danny Welbeck and Sergio Aguero, of Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.
Walker, who ended up scoring four goals and providing 20 assists for Spurs, continued to catch the eye for the club and enjoyed a terrific final campaign in 2016/17. He averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.10 and made 3.4 tackles and interceptions and 1.2 key passes per game – showcasing his quality at both ends of the pitch.
The 73-cap speed demon, who was once revealed to be the fastest player in the Premier League, then completed a move, worth at least £50m, to Manchester City in the summer of 2017, which was a world-record fee for a defender at the time.
This means that Levy made a stunning 456% profit on the initial £9m he paid to sign the full-back from Sheffield United, alongside Naughton, eight years prior to the gem’s switch to Manchester.
Therefore, the Spurs chairman struck gold as the chief picked up a promising young player for a modest fee and turned him into a record-breaking sale, which earned the club a gigantic profit.