It is not everyday that Tottenham are confirmed by Sky to be pursuing a player. At least, it hasn’t happened since January, 2018. Now, finally, it is happening. The player Sky say Spurs are chasing is Hiroki Sakai. Japan international Sakai currently plays for France’s Marseille and may replace Kieran Trippier at Tottenham.
Trippier himself was hot property last summer after he adequately replaced Kyle Walker. Even in the world cup, he was phenomenal. But then something snapped and Trippier stopped being the go to guy at right back. His form slipped throughout last season, resulting in the disastrous game against Liverpool in Madrid.
Sky: Tottenham ‘consider’ Hiroki Sakai to replace Kieran Trippier
Now, Mauricio Pochettino is looking at better options, if not necessarily younger. Sakai is actually a few months older than Trippier so the logic of him replacing the Englishman is lost on us. The Sky report is here to give us the answers we need: Tottenham are currently weighing the pros and cons of signing the Japanese right-back.
The consensus over at Tottenham is that the team needs a rebuild, as far as the right back position is concerned. To that end, they are listening to all offers for Trippier and Serge Aurier. The money these players may fetch will be used to fund a starting XI quality player.
Hiroki Sakai isn’t the first Ligue 1 player linked with Spurs. The other players linked with a move to Tottenham are PSG’s Thomas Meunier (right back) and Julian Draxler.
Hiroki Sakai played 27 Ligue 1 games this season and got 4 assists to his name in addition to a goal. Sakai has been in Europe since 2012 and has clocked more than 200 games in the Bundesliga and the Ligue 1, making him an experienced player. To top that off, he has 49 caps for the national team of Japan.
If Tottenham really want him, it should be as the back-up to anyone who replaces Kieran Trippier, rather than the starter. At 29, he can not be an option for the future that really upgrades the position in the long term.