Pochettino handed a transfer blow

Mauricio Pochettino has been dealt a blow in his quest to strengthen the Tottenham back line so what are his options now?

Pochettino handed a transfer blow

The signing of 26 year-old centre-back Héctor Moreno will now have to be shelved after he broke his leg playing for Mexico in their late 2-1 defeat to Holland led by the swan diving Arjen Robben.

Espanyol confirmed the injury on their website.

"Hector Moreno has suffered a fractured tibia in his left leg, the medical services of the Mexican national team have confirmed."

It's a blow to Pochettino who signed him for Espanyol and leaves the new Head Coach with a dilemma. Does he wait until January for Moreno to recover and sign him then, or even next summer when his contract is a year shorter and his fee may have reduced slightly or does he look towards another option.

Tottenham of course have first refusal on Cardiff City centre-back Steven Caulker. Whether Pochettino wants to pursue that option, sign another centre-back or wait until Moreno has recovered, and that could be up to 6 months, we will have to wait and see.

Younes Kaboul and Sandro both took time to recover from long-term injuries, neither was anything like the player they were before. That is not to say they won't regain their form but it demonstrates the problems when a player does suffer an injury.

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The Tottenham hierarchy will want to see Moreno playing successfully again before going back in for him so a summer move is more likely than a winter one.

It's the same situation with Jay Rodriguez at Southampton. Pochettino wants him but he is injured until October and then he has to regain form and fitness. Injuries can affect the mind and protecting them causes injuries elsewhere so despite the talk there is little or no chance he'll be joining Tottenham this summer.

In a recent article I looked at the centre-back candidates, both existing and future and used the same statistics to compare them. Héctor Moreno didn't come out on top, who did? The Centre-backCandidate Fact Files

The sale of Michael Dawson looks imminent, Vlad Chiriches has been way below the standard required, while Younes Kaboul has only ever had one decent season at White Hart Lane. Centre-back is a bit of a mess at the moment.

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