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Tottenham Hotspur: Darren Bent tips Juan Foyth to improve Spurs defence

Tottenham Hotspur: Darren Bent tips Juan Foyth to improve Spurs defence

Ex-Spurs forward Darren Bent believes Juan Foyth should be given a run in the first team as the club look to solve their current defensive concerns.

Tottenham dropped points at home once again as their wait for a Premier League win stretched to five games against Sheffield United this weekend.

Toby Alderweireld dropped to the bench after partnering Davinson Sanchez at the back for the last few weeks, with Eric Dier stepping in.

But speaking to Football Insider, Bent feels another change could be of more benefit to Spurs, who cannot seem to find the solid combination at the back to grind out results.

He said: “I think [Foyth] could be the one, because at the minute, Spurs don’t look solid at all and they need some sort of stability in order to be a solid team that is hard to play against.

“We know going forward, he is a little bit limited, but he can defend, so for me, I’d probably go with him for a little bit.”

Tottenham have tried many combinations and formations this season – including switching to a back-five against Watford, while Alderweireld sat out for the first time in the Premier League this season as Mauricio Pochettino attempted to turn Spurs’ poor form around.

Perhaps the lack of stability that Bent references is the key to some sort of recovery. Whether or not Foyth is the answer to that (and in theory, risking further instability), with the likes of Sanchez, Dier and Jan Vertonghen failing to nail down a starting place, perhaps Foyth would be a final roll of the dice with Spurs without a top-flight win since the end of September.

Pochettino now has two weeks to figure out how to best equip his side ahead of their trip to West Ham United, and barring any injuries on international duty, should be able to go full-strength against the Hammers.

That should give an idea of where the defenders stand in the pecking order – or whether Pochettino is waiting for a combination that clicks.

With no new additions at centre-back during the summer, it may be surprising that Pochettino is in this predicament, but the bottom line, as Bent suggests, seems to be that stability is what Spurs require as soon as possible.

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