Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara has criticised the team’s defence – and believes they must solve their defensive issues with acquisitions in the January transfer window.
Spurs lost to Leicester City at the weekend, and O’Hara thinks that the current state of their back-four should be a concern ahead of the next transfer period.
The defence has come under scrutiny as Spurs have won just twice since the beginning of the campaign, keeping just one clean sheet so far.
While Spurs managed to keep hold of Christian Eriksen, O’Hara particularly criticised the decision to sell right-back Kieran Trippier, and feels that Spurs did not adequately replace him in the squad – and are suffering as a result.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, it appears that O’Hara believes that the Trippier sale is just the tip of the iceberg.
He said (via Daily Star): “I think the problem you’ve got is that if Eriksen goes, people will start questioning where the ambition is with the football club and they’re going to be like ‘are we going to kick on here? Are we going to get players in?’
“The biggest one for me is the Trippier one [which] I found strange.
“That’s where they’re struggling, Tottenham can’t hold onto a lead at the minute.
“They keep giving away poor goals and they didn’t replace someone who I thought was one of their best players.
“So in January, I think they’re going to have to obviously look at that straight away.
“The back-four to me doesn’t look as solid as it was last season.”
Trippier’s departure to Atletico Madrid has only led to Spurs replacing from within, though Serge Aurier – who was lauded for his display against Crystal Palace and had a goal controversially disallowed against Leicester – may yet end up fulfilling the role in the long-term.
However, the fact that Davinson Sanchez was preferred to the Ivorian at Arsenal may suggest right-back is still a problem position for Mauricio Pochettino.
That said, Spurs are only conceding at a slightly higher rate than last year based on their opening league performances, and with the side yet to hit their stride after a slow start, perhaps O’Hara should hold fire before offering solutions to problems Pochettino may yet be able to solve.
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