Former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton believes Spurs need fresh blood in both full-back positions when the transfer window opens this summer.
Serge Aurier and Ben Davies have both started every game since the restart of the Premier League with Jose Mourinho arguably short on alternative options on either side of defence.
Injuries to Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyht have not helped Mourinho’s selection issues while Kyle Walker-Peters and Danny Rose were sent on loan to Southampton and Newcastle respectively.
The Spurs head coach has admitted that he lacks a natural replacement for Aurier at right-back if he wanted to rest the Ivory Coast international (Football.London).
There are a few more options available to Mourinho at left-back, with the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Ryan Sessegnon and youngster Dennis Cirkin at his disposal.
Hutton believes Spurs need to strengthen both at right-back and left-back in the summer but he fears the position may not be prioritised due to the team’s requirements in other parts of the pitch.
When asked if a lack of competition was a weak point for Spurs, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think it is for both full-backs, if we’re going to sit, look at it and be honest.
“I think Aurier has got the ability to attack but his final ball is lacking, defensively “.
“Davies, there’s obviously no one really challenging him. Rose left, it looks like his future is elsewhere so they need to do something.
“That’s what worries me going forward, will they have the money to strengthen in that area because I think they need a few players?”
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Right-back is one area that I am confident that we will be strengthening in. It is clear that Aurier needs some competition and I would be extremely surprised if Mourinho has not made signing a new right-back a priority this summer.
It is a different story at left-back. It looks like Sessegnon is being groomed for the future, while Jose also seems to have high hopes for Cirkin. With Tanganga also capable of covering in the position, I do not see signing a left-back as a priority this summer even though Rose looks set to leave.
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