Former PL striker claims two Spurs stars are ‘not good enough’ anymore

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Eric Dier
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Gabby Agbonlahor has admitted that he expects Tottenham to sell Toby Alderweireld this summer, insisting that the Belgian has lost considerable pace over recent years.

Jose Mourinho struggled to settle on his first-choice centre-back pairing throughout last season as he chopped and changed his backline right until the time he was dismissed in April.

All of Tottenham’s senior centre-halves arguably had campaigns to forget and there is expected to be a big reshuffle in the position this summer

Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez have both been linked with moves away from the club, with the former being linked with a return to the Eredivisie and the latter said to be on Sevilla’s radar.

Meanwhile, Fabio Paratici has reportedly stepped up efforts to sign the likes of Jules Kounde and Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Agbonlahor admitted that the North Londoners need to upgrade at centre-back if they hope to push up the table, insisting that neither Alderweireld nor his partner, Eric Dier, are good enough for the club.

When asked if he expects the 32-year-old to leave Spurs this summer, the former Aston Villa striker told Football Insider: “I think so. I’ve watched him a lot over the last few years and for Belgium recently and it looks like his legs have gone a bit. He’s looking a bit slower.

“I look at Alderweireld and Dier and they’re not good enough for where Spurs want to go. Spurs need a whole new defence.

“Maybe Alderweireld needs a new challenge in a different league to drive himself forward. I expect him to be sold.”

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While I expect Alderweireld to be sold, I think Sanchez is much more likely to follow the Belgian out of the door than Dier is. While Dier certainly struggled at times last campaign, I still believe that some of the criticism been aimed at him by some Spurs fans has been over the top. I still think he has the attributes to be a top central defender and I would not mind seeing him being handed another chance under Nuno.

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