Premier League

Spurs Backline Down To ‘Bare Bones’ …Yet Again?

After the release of Ryan Nelsen, the retirement of club legend Ledley King, and the likely departures of Bassong and Gallas as they search to get first team football, it is fair to say that Tottenham might struggle in defence next season with only 4 prolific central defenders.

With AVB likely to have players such as French international Younes Kaboul, injury prone Michael Dawson, new signing Jan Vertonghen and the future prospect of Steven Caulker possibly slotting into his defence, it would be foolish for the club not to invest into a new centre-back.

Of course there is the possibility of Gallas and Bassong both staying, but with Gallas looking to secure first team football to see his playing career come to a close, and Bassong’s presence being worthless as demonstrated by his spell at Wolves last season on loan, AVB should cash in on these two bench-warmers and buy a fully fit defender.

Whilst Vertonghen, Caulker, Dawson and Kaboul would be perfect to fill in the centre of defence, if Walker is to sustain an injury, it will need a central defender to play in his position, likely to be Kaboul. Whilst there is the possibility of Kyle Naughton playing for Tottenham next season, Villas-Boas has made no secret that he will accept an offer for the young Englishman could an acceptable come his way.

It would be insufficient for BAE, Kaboul, Rose, Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson and Caulker to run the defence next season in the 38 game Premier League campaign, domestic cup competitions as well as the UEFA cup too. Especially considering that Dawson is not a reliable player to count on when regarding his injury history, it would be wise for Spurs to consider buying a new defender who would join former Ajax captain Vertonghen as the new face of Tottenham’s defence.

Are their any realistic targets however?

According to many different reports, Ricardo Carvalho may be on his way to White Hart Lane from Real Madrid in a part exchange offer which will see Luka Modric leave Spurs but with and a large sum of money, thought to be near £30 million, being the estimated transfer fee.

Also, Zeki Fryers, former Manchester United youth left-back is said to be close to joining Tottenham in a move which will frustrate Manchester United as another youth player leaves the red side of Manchester, following Paul Pogba out of the door.

The 19 year old is said to be a challenger for Assou-Ekotto’s left back role so won’t fulfill the centre back position but with rigorous re-positioning preparation, as shown by Bale’s transformation from left-back to left-wing, he could be able to slip into the centre-back role just as a precautionary measure for squad rotation.

Who do you think will be in Spurs’ defence next season? Leave your comments below.

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