Date: 9th August 2019 at 1:06pm
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Tottenham failed to sign another central defender before the summer transfer window shut, leaving them with Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez ahead of the new season.

Juan Foyth is another option, but he’s currently sidelined with an ankle injury and may be used at right-back after Kieran Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid. As a result, Mauricio Pochettino may need some cover at the back.

Fortunately, he does have two potential options – Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier. Wanyama didn’t get his move on transfer deadline day and has operated at centre-back for Spurs and former side Celtic.

As for Dier, Pochettino has already mulled the idea of using him in a central role this season. The England international has made 63 appearances for Tottenham at centre-back too.

It’s papering over the cracks, but Spurs have little other option until they bring in a new face. If Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Sanchez escape injury, there’s a chance Pochettino won’t even need an internal solution to fix the defensive crisis.

Time will tell, however.

Wanyama and Dier aren’t expected to be regulars in 2019/20, so it makes sense to change their role to suit the team. Whether it works is another matter.

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8 Replies to “Explained: Two players who could solve Tottenham’s centre-back crisis this season”

  • When you have a Japhet Tanganga sitting in your reserves why should we be worried? Didn’t put a foot wrong in the preseason games!!!

  • What centre-back crisis? We have three centre-backs who are better than anyone Arsenal have in that department, even with the transfer of Luiz, plus Davies who can play there and as a last resort Dier. If you want to talk about CB crisis cite Arsenal.

    • and if you watched the pre season friendlies you would see how japhet tanganga might be young but is a bull in defence

  • Centre back crisis?? What crisis? It’s not centre halves we have to worry about (Verts, Toby, Sanchez, Foyth, Dier and perhaps Wanyama are there), it’s our right back situation that’s the crisis, having lost two top England internationals (if not arguably ‘world class’) in Walker and Tripps over recent seasons, without replacing them. Because it is in that once vital position where we could now suffer from team imbalance, unless Poch has got a completely different theory on how to play. Aurier should have left this summer (not Tripps, and crazy too that Tripps went for less money than what we paid PSG for their 3rd choice right back), while KWP is still not breaking through as a top right back. And we’ve still not got ‘striker’ cover for Kane, despite Moura, Son and others mixing in.
    Dybala, for the sake of a few million, could have changed everything for us.
    Look, I’m pleased with who we’ve brought in, and Ndombele and Lo Celso will definitely strengthen midfield, while Sess will develop under Poch, I’m certain. But although we’ve now got 3 good left backs, we’ve no right backs of top quality (with apologies to KWP), and we could well re-sign Llorente because of no other alternative as a back up to Kane.

  • What CB crisis? We play a back 4 and have 2 CB slots. Spurs have three world class centre backs fighting for two spots (Sanchez, Alderweireld & Vertonghen), Dier is a full international who can cover both CB and DM. Foyth is an excellent young CB fighting for game time – then there are good young players able to do a job who arent even in 1st team squad. Tottenham have an embarrassment of riches at CB this season

  • From what I’ve seen of him, I’d put Tanganga ahead of either of them. He was superb in pre-season……reminds me of Ledley in how he carries the ball and reads the game. My bigger concern is the full-back cover on the right-side……I remain unconvinced by Foyth in that position, he isn’t quick enough from what I see, and KWP is inconsistent (let’s not go there with the liability that is Aurier !!!!)……I’d rather Foyth was developed as a centre-back alongside Tanganga and Sanchez with Toby and Jan as mentors this season.

  • i do think that kyle walker will do ok for the first few games with some help from juan foyth when he comes back. what i cant understand is why moussa sissoko cant play in rb facts are he can so why dont we put him in rb it will also give him more first team football ofcourse he will be needed in midfield so he can play in both

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