Opinion: Spurs’ defensive woes must be addressed before it’s too late

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

A lot has changed at Tottenham Hotspur in the last few months, but on the pitch there’s still so much that needs to be done. Leaking goals and making defensive error after error has been the story of Spurs’ season so far.

With 30 goals conceded in just 21 Premier League games (Premier League Official), it is evident that certain players need to go and more fresh faces have to come in.

Spurs sold Kieran Trippier in the summer to Atletico Madrid but failed to replace him, leaving the club with Serge Aurier – who is defensively incapable – and Kyle Walker-Peters, who isn’t yet at the level to be starting games regularly. Instead of strengthening the defence, it actually become more fragile and Tottenham have paid the price for that this season.

Although Alderweireld is ageing, he is still a good defender, but he needs quality around him. Full-backs have been a problem for Spurs, with Rose seemingly wanting to leave and Davies injured, there is no top quality left-back at the club.

The same applies to the right-back slot, and with Jan Vertonghen now in the latter stages of his career and having a contract that expires this summer, Spurs really need a younger, commanding centre-back to partner Alderweireld. Davinson Sanchez has looked promising at times, but Spurs need more depth in this position.

This January transfer window is crucial for the club if they are to salvage what has been a disappointing season so far. Spurs are still only six points off the top four, through to the Champions League knockout stage and begin their FA Cup campaign this weekend.

There is still plenty to play for, but if the club fail to act in this window, they really only have themselves to blame, for not replenishing what is – in places – a stale squad.

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  1. Aurier simply isn’t good enough for our club and the sooner we get a replacement, the better.
    Ndombele clearly has the ability but certainly cannot be relied upon to play game after game and his mindset is questionable after crying off from the Brighton game.
    If Eriksen leaves this month, we need to bring in another playmaker who can help dictate the tempo of a game which we could do when Dembele was at his best alongside Eriksen a few years ago.


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