Tottenham had a fairly productive January transfer window following the arrival of Gedson Fernandes on loan and sealing the signing of Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven.
The club also exercised the option of making Giovani Lo Celso’s deal permanent while managing to send several players out on loan including the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and Danny Rose.
The general consensus from many Spurs fans seemed to be that while the club had made a mistake by failing to sign a striker before the transfer deadline.
However, former Coventry City striker Noel Whelan has suggested that there is one other position where Tottenham’s lack of depth is extremely concerning – right back.
He criticised the club’s decision to allow Walker-Peters to join Southampton for the remainder of the campaign and questioned where Tottenham would be if they were to lose Serge Aurier to injury.
When asked about the club’s options at right-back, Whelan told Football Insider: “You can only use what you’ve got, and that’s all they’ve got.
“They allowed to let Walker-Peters go, which I think was a mistake because he’s a cracking young player and he’s also backup to what you’ve got. He’s got some Premier League experience.
“You’re leaving yourself very, very short and you’re going to end up putting round pegs in square holes if Aurier does get injured.
“That’s not really what you’d expect from a big club – you’d expect them to have strength in depth in the right areas throughout the system. You’ve got to hope now that Aurier stays fit and doesn’t get injured.”
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Whelan makes a fair point as we will be short of options at right-back if Aurier gets injured with Dier not accustomed to playing there. Tanganga’s emergency as probably eased Mourinho’s worries a little bit and it didn’t seem like the Portuguese coach wasn’t going to use Walker-Peters anyway.
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