‘Don’t have top-class defenders’ – William Gallas makes subtle dig at Spurs duo

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Cristian Romero
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William Gallas has stated that Tottenham Hotspur ‘don’t have top-class defenders’, despite the club recently making moves to improve the back line over the summer. 

The ex-Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea centre-back has been looking ahead to this weekend’s North London derby clash and gave his assessment of the defensive players Nuno Espirito Santo has at his disposal. 

Spurs chiefs Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici had made it their goal during the transfer window to improve the side’s defence, after encountering another leaky campaign last season. 

As such, they made two key defensive acquisitions, recruiting Serie A defender of the year Cristian Romero from Atalanta and right-back Emerson Royal from Barcelona. 

But former defender Gallas has been left unimpressed with the pair’s showings so far, and believes Spurs need to sign ‘the right players’ if they are to make a serious push for Champions League qualification or silverware. 

Speaking to Genting Casino (as relayed by Football London), he said: “To improve their defence, they have to bring in top-class players. At the moment they don’t have top-class defenders.

“If Spurs want to qualify for the Champions League and compete for titles they need to bring the right players at the back. At the moment they don’t have the right players.

“I think it will be a really difficult season for Tottenham. They need top-class defenders and they didn’t sign any top-class defenders.”

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It is very early days for both Romero and Emerson, who are both arriving in very different environments they have been previously used to. Once they are used to the style of play in England, then it will be a much fairer assessment of their time at the club. 

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