“They’re average” – Rio Ferdinand offers blunt assessment of Tottenham’s squad

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Dom Le Roy

Rio Ferdinand has agreed with Roy Keane’s claim that Tottenham Hotspur are an average team without Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in their starting eleven.

Keane told Sky Sports ahead of Tottenham’s clash against Burnley that none of the other Tottenham players apart from Kane and Son would get into the starting eleven of Liverpool, Manchester City or Chelsea.

Jamie Redknapp disagreed with Keane’s claim, insisting that the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Reguilon and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were not average but Keane typically doubled-down on his opinion.

The former Manchester United midfielder even insisted after Spurs demolished Burnley 4-0 that the North Londoners do not have a chance of getting into the top four.

Some Spurs fans took issue with Keane’s comments, with many suggesting that a lot of the Tottenham players will get into Man Utd’s starting eleven.

Ferdinand has now said that Keane is ‘100%’ correct, insisting that Alderweireld is not the same player he was a couple of years ago.

He said on his YouTube channel Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE: “At the end of the day, are Spurs an average team? That’s what Roy was saying.

“I think, without Kane and Son, 100% they’re average, 100%.

“Toby Alderweireld doesn’t get in any of the big teams. No chance. Three years ago he does, not now. He barely just about gets in the Spurs team.

“You have to agree that Spurs are an average team without Son and Kane.

“They’re the only two that get in any of the big teams. Hojbjerg might get in as a squad player.”

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The same can be said of all the big teams (barring Manchester City and Liverpool) if one takes out their two best players. Taking out Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rahsford out of the Manchester United team would make them average as well.

I believe the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and a fully fit Gareth Bale all get into Man Utd’s starting eleven.

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