With the disastrous losses against Liverpool, Brighton and Chelsea behind us, Jose Mourinho needs to decide who his best centre-backs are. Once he has established that, the pairing needs an extended run in the team.
This is assuming that Spurs switch back to a 4-3-3 formation as the 3-4-3 formation has not worked well in previous weeks.
The following centre backs will be reviewed: Alderweireld, Dier, Rodon, Tanganga, and Sanchez as Davies is a left-back and seldom plays centre-back when we play with a back four
Eric Dier –
Dier’s biggest issue is that he consistently makes mistakes. He had a run in the team at the beginning of the season where he played really well, but since then, he has made far too many errors to be a starter for this club.
Toby Alderweireld –
Our most experienced centre-back. Alderweireld is a great defender, but he is definitely slowing down. His biggest issue is that he is a short-term fix. As the Belgian is 31, it is unlikely that he will be at the club for much longer than the next two seasons.
Davinson Sanchez –
The Colombian is physically a beast. Very strong and quick but he frequently gets caught out of position and is seemingly always at fault for a goal when he plays the full 90. Not someone you can build a defence around.
Joe Rodon –
Summer signing Joe Rodon has been class when given opportunities this season and seems up to the task in the Premier League. In my opinion, he has been our best defender in the league these past few games and counts as a homegrown player domestically. Rodon’s biggest con is he doesn’t seem to be very comfortable with the ball at his feet. That could just be his nerves as it is his first season in the league and with this club.
Japhet Tanganga –
Tanganga has been unlucky with injuries this season but, when he has played, he has performed well. Still yet to play a single minute in the league this year, Japhet does not seem to have Jose’s trust. But, Tanganga must be given an opportunity if Spurs are going to make a comeback from this form. Also, a homegrown/academy product.
The Verdict –
Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga are Spurs’ best options to forge a new defensive partnership. What they lack with in experience they make up with in heart – something that Spurs are desperately lacking right now.
Who would you like to see as Spurs defensive pairing?
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