As soon as this Premier League campaign comes to an end and the summer transfer window opens there will be one glaring position to upgrade in. Right back.
There were numerous names linked during the January transfer window and even more as far back as last summer’s window. Here are what I believe to be the best five options out there for us.
Dominic Iorfa: Why not go for a promising, youthful, English right back? Currently plying his trade at Wolves in the Championship, he is the leading candidate for me. Yes, Wolves are struggling in the Championship this year, but the youngster has been one of the few positives in their season so far. Capped at U18, U20 and U21 level for England as well as racking up an impressive 80 plus appearances for Wolves since making his debut in 2014. With size, strength and pace in his locker, the only thing you could fault the youngster for is his distribution. Th is is, however, nothing which couldn’t be coached into him. With a price tag believed to be in the region of £7.5million, he could be the man to pair up with Byram and make that right back slot their own for years to come.
Kieran Trippier: He is a player I would love to happen but I doubt it is likely. A brilliant player, who for some reason hasn’t got nearly enough fi rst team football for Tottenham as he should have. With him likely to start looking elsewhere to get opportunities, it would be a shame if we were to miss out on him purely for the club he’s currently at. His passing and crossing ability would have Andy Carroll salivating so much he’d inadvertently pull a gland in his mouth and be out for months.
Bacary Sagna: His name has cropped up recently, and it’s quite a curveball for me, as I’ve always liked him as a player. At 34 though, he doesn’t strike me with as much excitement as other targets we could move for. Of course, he has high-level experience and would bring a lot of that into the dressing room for the younger players. But would his heart really be in it, or would it be seen as a last pay day for the Frenchman?
Kelvin Malcuit: He is a possible £10million raid in one of our most favourable shopping destinations, French football. Th e Saint-Etienne star is confi dent in his defensive duties, but equally as strong going forward, especially, his dribbling. As it stands, Malcuit has performed 17 more successful dribbles than any other player in Ligue 1 this season. Not too bad for a right back eh? Rumours were that we attempted to sign the player in January so will look to go in with a stronger offer in the Summer.
Santiago Arias: The Colombian international has been a key component in PSV’s change in fortunes under Philip Cocu, and has helped them to steer the Eredivisie away from Ajax. He has great technique in regards to his passing and crossing and, like most of these candidates, he doesn’t mind bombing forward whenever he can. Capped at U17, U20 and for the senior Colombia first team, Arias is definitely one of the more exciting of the options out there for us. So there we go, I believe these are five brilliant options for us to pursue to finally sort out our right back conundrum. What’s more is that, barring Sagna, these options would bring consistency to the position. With Sam Byram also ready and fighting for the right back slot, getting in another talented and promising player will help to bring the best out of both of them. Plus, it’s impossible for us to get a player in who’s worse than any of the failed right back attempts we’ve made in the last few years.