Why Tottenham should sign this talented 23-year-old Aston Villa ace to bolster their backline

Ezri Konsa of Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Picture date: 21st November 2020. Picture credit should read: Darren Staples/Sportimage PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK SPI-0767-0095

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Why Tottenham should sign Aston Villa star Ezri Konsa

According to The Athletic (subscription required), Tottenham are believed to be keeping an eye out for Ezri Konsa.

As Ilkay Gundogan twisted and turned to leave Davinson Sanchez flat on the ground, it was an indication that Spurs’ defence had failed miserably a second time within the week. Pep Guardiola’s side went on to hammer Spurs by three goals.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Etihad Stadium Tottenham Hotspur s Japhet Tanganga left with manager Jose Mourinho after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday February 13, 2021.

Prior to that game, Everton slotted past 5 goals en route to an FA Cup knockout win over Spurs. Their defence had also failed to deal with teams such as Liverpool, Brighton, and Chelsea.

Sanchez, Alderweireld and Dier have all failed to deliver on a consistent basis and that has led to the club slipping down the league table. Joe Rodon was signed last summer but he looks more of a future prospect.

Konsa can be a handy buy for Tottenham

The youngster came under some scrutiny as a part of a backline that shipped 67 goals in the league last term but has really come to the fore in the ongoing campaign. The 23-year-old’s upturn in form has been one of the major positives from Villa’s stunning start to the season.

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Aston Villa’s English defender Ezri Konsa celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Sheffield Utd at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on September 21, 2020. (Photo by JULIAN FINNEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The bigger picture here is that Aston Villa have conceded just 24 goals in the Premier League this season so far and Konsa has certainly played a big part. Ezri Konsa has already started to deliver on his potential and still has his best years ahead of him at 23. The centre-back has shown strong signs of progress over the past 12 months.

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At just 23, he comes with vital Premier League experience and age on his side. Given that Liverpool are also said to be in the running for him (h/t The Athletic), Spurs would be wise to move ahead of their rivals.