Nathan Ake would be an excellent signing for Tottenham. I cannot think of a defender who we’ve been linked to who would be a better solution to our problems because he’d be two signings in one.
Eric Dier’s recent renaissance there means that a new centre-back has probably fallen down our list of transfer priorities, although with both Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth expected to leave at the end of the season we could do with another body in that central defensive unit, and a left-sided player would be ideal.
Not only would Ake arguably improve the team as a centre-half, but he would be a major upgrade on Ben Davies as the inverted left-back. The Dutchman has a broad skill-set which makes him equally effective at each position and therefore perfect for Jose Mourinho’s all-encompassing role.
Using Nathan Ake as a starting left-back who could cover in the middle would be the type of creative solution that we are repeatedly being told clubs will need to find this summer. The 25-year-old has been frequently linked to Spurs, as recently as February by Football Insider.
However, The Athletic are here to pour cold water on this idea. While they expect Ake, who only has two years left on his contract and faces relegation, to leave Bournemouth, they have spoken to a recruitment expert who believes his only realistic destinations are Chelsea and Manchester City, citing “Ake’s profile, the likely fee and squad vacancies elsewhere”.
Got to be worth a try though, surely?