Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that Jose Mourinho will look to strengthen the team’s defence by seeking a right-back in January.
Robinson was commenting following reports linking Spurs with a move for West Brom youngster Nathan Ferguson (via The Sun), who is thought to be being watched by Tottenham scouts after an impressive start to life in senior football for the Championship high-flyers.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson thinks that right-back is an area which is a current weakness of Spurs’, suggesting that the likes of Serge Aurier and occasional stand-in Davinson Sanchez have failed to impress at the back this season.
He said: “Right-back is an area I’ve spoken about before where we do struggle, defensively we have been exposed at right-back.
“Sanchez and Aurier together – any chances we have conceded have come down the right, the opposition’s left, so I think right-back will be a position Mourinho looks to strengthen in January.”
After selling Kieran Trippier in the summer, it may have been slightly surprising that Spurs did not either replenish that position in the summer transfer market or give Kyle Walker-Peters an extended opportunity in the first team.
That was made even more apparent when centre-back Sanchez was given the nod there on two occasions prior to Mauricio Pochettino’s departure while Serge Aurier was left out, with Juan Foyth also deputising in that position.
So it is no surprise that Robinson feels that position is an area of weakness for Spurs, while considering that the team have leaked plenty of goals since Mourinho’s arrival (conceding two in each of his first four games), defensive reinforcements could well be the order of the day once the January window comes around.
Therefore, the ex-‘keeper may be correct in thinking that the Portuguese boss will look to prioritise additions at that end of the pitch as he gets to grips with his relatively new squad.
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