Former defender Alan Hutton has revealed his surprise at Tottenham’s decision to primarily focus on adding attacking reinforcements in January rather than rebuilding their defence.
Spurs had a relatively productive January transfer window after acquiring the services of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica on an 18-month loan whilst also signing the talented PSV winger Steven Bergwijn, along with exercising the option to make the Giovani Lo Celso’s loan deal permanent.
While Hutton understands Jose Mourinho’s decision to add more pace and power to the Spurs attack, he feels that the defence also needs some serious attention.
Tottenham’s defensive record since the Portuguese coach has taken over has been fairly poor with clean sheets proving to be few and far between.
Although the defence has stopped leaking goals off late, Hutton feels that it is one of the areas that the club will want to focus on rebuilding in the summer.
Speaking to Football Insider: the former Scotland international said: “Mourinho wants those options, he wants fast players, he wants ball carriers and players that can really hurt defences. When Harry Kane comes back, they have got a lot of options up there.
“For me, there are other positions he needs to get in. Perhaps he thinks he can cope with the players he has got until the summer, we will have to wait and see.
“There have been great acquisitions in the forward-thinking areas but I do believe they need to sort out their defence to be a real force again. In the summer it will be a big building job.”
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While I do agree that we need to add some defensive reinforcements, especially in full-back areas, I believe we have more than enough options to cope until the end of the season after the emergence of Japhet Tanganga. There have certainly been signs over the last few weeks that Mourinho is ironing out our defensive mistakes.
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