Search

Inside Lane: Spurs must upgrade full-backs in the summer

12:18 16 April 2014

Danny Rose

Danny Rose

EMPICS Sport

Tottenham blogger Mike Williams believes that Spurs’ defensive problems are largely due to their full-backs, and that the club must make that area a priority this summer.

Kyle Naughton. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Kyle Naughton. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Our up and down rollercoaster of a season continued on Saturday as we trailed 3-0 to a relatively poor West Brom side before coming back to draw.

Woefully poor defending has made us somewhat of a laughing stock at times for the rest of the division, as teams look like scoring every time they attack.

Our problems haven’t been helped by centre-backs being changed with regularity, but I believe the issue is more down to the personnel who are currently operating on our flanks in the full-back positions.

On the right-hand side we have been unlucky with the absence of Kyle Walker – who has been one of our most consistent players during this campaign – but even he still has a lot to learn.

The free-flowing attack-minded player is often the master of his own downfall as his lack of concentration often gets the better of him.

Despite that, Walker remains one of the most promising players around and his pelvic injury is not just a loss to us, but potentially England as well with the World Cup looming on the horizon.

Walker’s absence means the baton has been handed to the other Kyle (Naughton), but in truth it doesn’t seem that he is up to the challenge of being a regular in a team with top-four ambitions - he has been found out on more than one occasion.

On the opposite side, Spurs’ left-back problems seem to have returned in a big way. The laid-back figure of Benoit Assou-Ekotto was the answer for some but Andre Villas-Boas didn’t agree as he let the Cameroon international go to QPR on a season-long loan.

That decision meant one thing – Danny Rose was now Tottenham’s first-choice left-back, but is he really a left-back? Rose looked superb in a Sunderland shirt but I feel that was purely down to a decent player looking good in a poor side.

At times this season, Rose has looked more than capable but for the majority of the campaign, like Naughton, he has looked out of his depth.

We’ve tried with Rose, he’s had a good chance this term, but it just hasn’t worked. It’s an odd situation as, during his spell out injured – when Jan Vertonghen and Naughton were filling in and playing out of position - a returning Rose was deemed as our potential saviour. It’s an odd phenomenon that players often seem to get better when they’re out injured – or rather, their importance is exaggerated – and this was a classic case.

We have to learn our lessons from last summer and not make too many drastic changes in the upcoming transfer window, but a solid left-back must be the top priority – and we probably need better competition and cover for Walker as well.

Follow me on Twitter @mike191

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Danny Rose (right) celebrates his leveller at White Hart Lane. Pic: Steve Paston/PA Wire

Danny Rose cancelled out James Milner’s first-half penalty with a second-half equaliser as Spurs drew 1-1 with Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Here are five talking points.

Yesterday, 11:38
Gary McCann has played for and managed Hendon in memorable FA Cup ties. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

In the latest of a series of features casting the spotlight on local football fans, David Ballheimer reveals his favourite players and his most memorable matches during his time following Hendon.

Yesterday, 07:30
Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh

With just a month of the season remaining, Middlesex appear better-placed to become county champions than at any time since their last title 23 years ago.

Thu, 22:30
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (right) could soon be lining up alongside Tottenham's Victor Wanyama (left) after Spurs made a move to sign the 23-year-old today

Mauricio Pochettino admits he would like to sign a pacy attacking midfielder before the end of the transfer window as Tottenham seek to bring Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha to White Hart Lane.

Thu, 14:02
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he is frustrated that a host of his players will be departing for international duty again after this weekend’s round of fixtures.

Thu, 10:15
Laura Hirai in action for the Great Britain Under-19 team at the ESF Junior Womens European Softball Championship in Barcelona

Like most 16-year-olds, Laura Hirai’s primary concern today (Thursday) is her GCSE results. But four days after the end of the Rio 2016 Olympics, when the baton was passed to Tokyo and a new four-cycle began, the teenager is also dreaming about being involved in the 2020 Games.

Thu, 09:40
Wingate & Finchley goalkeeper Shane Gore. Pic: Martin Addison

Filling the well-worn boots of Bobby Smith doesn’t faze Shane Gore – it’s actually a case of déjà vu for Wingate & Finchley’s new No1.

Thu, 09:11
Hendon midfielder Sam Murphy

Hendon duo Scott Cousins and Sam Murphy are aiming to guide England to their best ever performance at the European Six-a-side Championships later this week.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The showroom is located in Hayes

After 25 years as a trade-only business, family-run door manufacturers Composite Door Master are set to open their first public showroom in Hayes this weekend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now