Southend have confirmed the loan signing of Tottenham defender Dorian Dervite until the end of the season.
The 6'4" centre-half will look to strengthen a defence which has conceded 44 goals in 27 League One games.
The Shrimpers lost 2-0 away at Leeds on Tuesday with both goals coming from corners.
Manager Steve Tilson is hoping that the Frenchman's height will put an end to their recent vulnerability from set-plays.
"On set-pieces I have been told Southend are struggling in defending them so hopefully I can help them and do well for the club," Dervite told the club's official website.
"I played for Tottenham's reserves against Reading yesterday (Wednesday) but I only played 45-minutes because I was told to rest for Saturday's game.
"We trained this morning and the squad and the standard is quite good so I am happy to be here."
Dervite joined Spurs from French side Lille in 2006 as a 17-year-old but has found his opportunities at White Hart Lane limited due to injury.
The former France U19 international picked up a knee injury which kept him out for over a year in 2007 and he now just wants to play regular first team football.
"I need to play regularly every week and get used to English football," he added.
"I signed for Spurs three years ago and played one game in the Carling Cup before getting a bad injury.
"That put me out for more than a year and it took me a long time to get back and fully fit.
"Since then I have been on the bench three times and played regularly for the reserves but I need to play first team football which is why I came here.
"English football is more aggressive and quicker and that suits my game."