Ruben Dias – A major transfer failure for Tottenham and Daniel Levy

Ruben Dias's success in the Premier League, shows it was a major transfer failure for Tottenham and Daniel Levy

Benfica defender Ruben Dias with Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes-03.04.2019
Benfica defender Ruben Dias with Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes-03.04.2019 /IMAGO

Portuguese international Ruben has been exceptional for Manchester City this past season, and he helped them win the Premier League.

Furthermore, the young defender has scooped up the individual awards as well, and he has become the first centre half to win the FWA player of the year award since Steve Nicol in 1989.

According to reports, Tottenham were heavily linked with a move for the former Benfica defender before he moved to Manchester City. Still, Daniel Levy refused to pay the £50 million asking price for him.

The Spurs chairman has always been tight with his transfer dealings, and it has cost him quality signings in the past. Dias is another addition to that list now. 

Understandably, the £50 million asking price seemed steep at the time. Still, Manchester City decided to pay for the player’s potential and Spurs should have been more ambitious and paid up before their Premier League rivals. 

Tottenham are in desperate need of a quality centre back like him, and one has to wonder what could have been if the Londoners had agreed to pay up for his services before Manchester City did.

Jose Mourinho was sacked earlier this year after a series of poor displays from his side, and the defence was a major weakness for Spurs. The former Tottenham manager clearly wanted to strengthen his defence at the start of the season with the signing of Dias, but he was handed Joe Rodon instead.

The youngster is a talented player, but he is nowhere near as good as Dias right now. 

The Londoners conceded 45 goals in the Premier League this past season. It will be interesting to see if they can bring in the necessary reinforcements during the summer transfer window.

A signing like Dias could have transformed Spurs under Mourinho. 

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has recently lavished praise on the Manchester City defender Ruben Dias.

The Portuguese manager believes that Dias is now the best centre back in the world.

“I think Ruben Dias is the best centre-back in the world now,” says Mourinho.  

 “I would say, Ruben, with this step to the Premier League, is getting a different knowledge and experience of competitiveness. 

“I think he’s a fantastic centre-back.” 

Tottenham are currently without a manager, and Paulo Fonseca has been linked with the job. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has taken over at Roma, and the Portuguese will be hoping to prove his credentials in the Italian league once again.