Tottenham have reportedly been monitoring the development of Crystal Palace youngster Tyrick Mitchell this season.
The 20-year-old defender has been impressing for the club’s U23 team and may have made his first-team debut if not for a bad thigh injury over Christmas. He has been included in all of Roy Hodgson’s squads since the Premier League restart but has yet to be called upon off the bench.
Mitchell’s style of play has drawn comparisons to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who I’d have loved Spurs to sign before he got out of our price range, although he might not be the right fit for Jose Mourinho’s right-back profile.
But Mitchell is a left-back where the Spurs boss prioritises defensive solidity in his setup and that is what The Athletic say his game is all about, hence the association to Wan-Bissaka as well as the obvious Palace connection.
According to The Athletic, Mitchell once trialled at Spurs but it didn’t work out. And yet he may still end up with us as his displays for Palace’s youth team have apparently rekindled our interest in signing him.
We could do with another option at left-back and yet it probably falls far enough down our list of priorities that no great expenditure will be dedicated to that pursuit this summer. Gambling on a kid like Mitchell might be a solution if Mourinho doesn’t think that Ryan Sessegnon is ready, or ever capable of playing as the inverted full-back as Ben Davies does.
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