Inter’s Diego Godin should not be in Tottenham’s plans

Reports are circling about Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in securing Inter Milan veteran Diego Godin on a free transfer this summer.

Godin was a permanent fixture in Atletico’s defence for almost a decade before turning to Inter last year.

The stalwart central defender had all the trimmings of a standout marshal. His towering frame and no-nonsense style was an integral element of Atletico’s success under Diego Simeone.

But Godin has seen the best of his time in the limelight. Even on a free transfer Tottenham shouldn’t sign Godin. The 34-year-old might offer two more seasons at a good level, but that isn’t the type of return Tottenham should be seeking.

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They need a leader for the present, and most importantly, the future. Godin might plaster over some of the Spurs’ wounds in the immediacy, but he won’t offer the long-term solution the club so desperately requires.

It doesn’t make sense for him to come in for a year or two, disturb the chemistry forming in Spurs’ rearguard, before ultimately retiring. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of a free transfer sounds appealing.

And who wouldn’t want a player with Godin’s experience?

He’s competed at the top level for about 15 years, played in a Champions League Final and led his nation’s back line for more than 15 years.

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But that’s precisely the point. His legs are tired, weathered from almost two decades of rigorous action.

Procuring him would be a mistake that would hamper Tottenham in the long run, even if it stabilizes Spurs defence in the short-term.

There are a number of central defensive options Jose Mourinho should pursue, but cajoling the Uruguayan elder statesman from Inter is not one of them.
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