Pochettino strangely excited by Tottenham’s right-back situation

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Tottenham Hotspur may have had a superb transfer window, bringing in the likes of Jack Clarke, Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon, and Giovani Lo Celso, however, there is still a big gap in the squad.

Spurs decided to sell their first-choice right-back in Kieran Trippier this summer, much like they did with Kyle Walker a few seasons back.

And, again like Walker, Tottenham decided that their new right-back is already at the club, but who will Pochettino go for.

It seems likely that Kyle Walker-Peters will start at least the first couple of games, as Serge Aurier has not yet featured in pre-season.

Juan Foyth would be banned for the matches even if he hadn’t picked up a nasty ankle injury in pre-season.

Despite Pochettino’s choices being an inexperienced academy graduate, a 21-year-old centre-back, and a hot-headed Aurier, he seems strangely excited by it all.

The Spurs gaffer claims that he loves to challenge to create new players (Football London): “You know me, I am so brave, we can create players who can play in different positions. We have Kyle Walker-Peters and we try to find the best solution and I love the challenge to try and create that dynamic so that we don’t miss players.”

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  1. You’re good Poch, but I doubt if you’re that good!
    We need a top class right back NOW, not a plan for developing one!
    KWP hasn’t developed in three years as we’d hoped. So he’s still like a 3rd choice ;up and coming’ player
    who never seems to fulfil his potential. Not likely to improve much this year either.
    Aurier? He’s 27 and hasn’t improved at all from his PSG 3rd choice status aged 25 (how PSG
    must have laughed when they got £25m for him two years back). Little chance there of things changing,
    as Aurier will always set us back rather than take us forward. And you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
    Foyth? He’s a centre back, and although he may well prove, one day, a decent right back, with the emphasis
    on ‘one day’, he is not yet a top PL quality (top four) right back, plus he’s injured.
    Maybe Poch was smiling ironically, because the last thing he needs (especially when he’s got the rest of the team and tactics to think about) is how to fit square pegs into the round hole of the right back position.
    Whose bright idea was it to sell Tripps? I bet it wasn’t Poch’s. And I bet it’s not his idea to sell Rose, on the other flank, either! Madness.


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