Perr Schuurs to Tottenham Hotspur?

Spurs Head Coach Ange Postecoglou is rumoured to be looking to further strengthen his squad by signing the Dutch defender.

With the 2023 Summer Transfer Window beginning to draw to a close, football clubs up and down the country will be looking to secure as many of their remaining transfer targets as possible before the deadline passes at 11pm on Friday, 1st September.

Spurs have been amongst the most active Premier League clubs in this window, and they have so far signed no less than eight players as of the time of writing. The players that have signed for THFC so far are: Manor Solomon (Free Transfer, Shakhtar Donetsk), Ashley Phillips (£2 million, Blackburn Rovers), Alejo Véliz (£13 million, Rosario Central), Guglielmo Vicario (£17.2 million, Empoli), Dejan Kulusevski (£25 million, Juventus), Micky Van de Ven (£34.5 million, Wolfsburg), Pedro Porro (£40 million, Sporting Lisbon) and James Maddison (£40 million, Leicester City).

The latest name to be linked with a move to the Lilywhites is central defender Perr Schuurs. The 23-year-old currently represents Torino of Italy’s Serie A and has also been linked with a move to the likes of North London rivals Arsenal.

Schuurs was a regular for Il Toro (The Bull) last season (2022/23), making 33 appearances in all competitions. 30 of them came in the Serie A, where he helped his side to a respectable 10th place finish after accumulating 53 points. The Dutchman contributed 2 assists and boasted a passing accuracy of 88.2% on average.

Rewinding back to 2010, which is when Schuurs joined FC Ria’s academy before joining Fortuna Sittard’s ranks a year later in 2011. It was on 14th October 2016 when he made his senior league debut for Fortuna Sittard against VVV-Venlo in the Eerste Divisie (Dutch Second Tier). Schuurs and his teammates won 2 – 0. In his 4 senior appearances that term, he scored his first goal for the club in a 5 – 2 win against Jong Ajax (Ajax’s Reserves/B Team) on 6th February 2017.

At the start of the 2017/18 season, he achieved the feat of becoming the Club Captain of Fortuna Sittard at the age of just 17. The Dutch central defender was impressing, and he caught the eye of Ajax, who decided to sign him in January 2018 for a fee in the region of €2m before immediately loaning him back to Fortuna Sittard for the remainder of that season.

Overall, Perr Schuurs made 33 league appearances in the Dutch Second Tier, scoring 8 goals whilst also contributing 4 assists to help guide his team to a 2nd second place finish with 78 points. This secured the club a promotion to the Eredivisie, the Netherlands’ top tier.

The 2018/19 season was his first full campaign as an Ajax player, but he spent most of it playing for the reserve team in the second tier, making 29 appearances, scoring 4 goals, and getting an assist to boot. He did make 1 Eredivisie appearance for the Amsterdam giants that season, making his debut as a substitute in a 5 – 0 win against AZ Alkmaar. With the reserves, Schurrs and his team finished 4th (54 points), whilst the senior team won the Eredivisie title with 86 points.

He made 10 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2019/20 season before becoming a first team regular the following campaign (2020/21). The Dutch defender made 27 appearances in the Eredivisie alone, scoring a goal. Schuurs helped his team to another league title, this time accumulating 88 points. They finished 16 points clear of rivals PSV Eindhoven, who finished in second place with 72 points.

The 2021/22 season would be Perr Schuurs’ final campaign with Ajax. He made 22 Eredivisie appearances that term, with Ajax winning the coveted league title once again.

In August 2022, Schuurs decided to leave the Netherlands for the first time in his career, signing for Italian Serie A side Torino for a rumoured transfer fee of €9.4 million. His debut season (2022/23) saw him become an immediate regular in the club’s starting line-up, making 34 appearances in all competitions, with 30 coming in the Italian Serie A. As mentioned earlier, he helped the club to a 10th place finish after accumulating 53 points in total.

Should the Dutchman sign for Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs, then this would be a very solid signing for the club, who will be looking to strengthen their squad as much as possible as they look to return to European football.

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