And according to the Mail Online‘s Joe Bernstein, Mauricio Pochettino could turn his attention to Smalling as he looks for a centre half to share the load with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld next season.
I find it amazing that, following the 27-year-old’s display at White Hart Lane last month, Pochettino is now actually considering adding him to the Spurs roster.
Then again, he does fit the Argentine’s criteria for when it comes to picking centre back: physically imposing, aggressive, preferably with Premier League experience and an aptitude for covering ground quickly. He would also be familiar with playing alongside fellow England teammates Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Eric Dier.
Smalling, above anything, needs a fresh start – not that he has much of a choice – and there aren’t many better defensive guides and disciplinarians to work under than Pochettino.