Redknapp doubts ahead of derby: Tottenham defence 'are all over the place'

Former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has criticised Spurs’ defence ahead of their North London derby clash with Arsenal this Sunday.

The Sky Sports presenter spent three years at White Hart Lane but, despite his allegiances, does not believe Spurs have the defensive capability to beat Arsenal on Sunday.

The 40-year-old former England international picked out defender Younes Kaboul specifically as the weakest link in the hosts’ back line ahead of the Gunners’ visit.

“I’m going for 2-2 because Tottenham, defensively, are all over the place,” he told The Warm Up.

“Michael Dawson is out injured and they will probably play with Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul. Every time Kaboul plays at the moment it looks like they will concede three or four.”

Redknapp’s Spurs connection seems not to have influenced his prediction for the game but is he right to describe Spurs’ defence as ‘all over the place’?

Tottenham conceded four goals without reply last weekend but that was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - where the Blues are unbeaten under Jose Mourinho.

Losing to the league leaders is not necessarily enough evidence to base such strong criticism on – especially given that Spurs had kept three clean sheets out of four prior to their loss against the Blues.

Defeat at Norwich was surely a disappointment for manager Tim Sherwood but Spurs put four past Newcastle away and denied Everton and Cardiff a sniff at goal either side of that game.

Tottenham have lost three of their last 10 games and have certainly improved from an attacking perspective since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas in December. Spurs, across the course of the season so far, have conceded fewer shots on goal than 16 other teams in the league (11.3 per game), including their opponents on Sunday, Arsenal.

Even Younes Kaboul, who has indeed been something of a liability of late, can perhaps be excused given that he has only featured on five occasions in the Premier League for Spurs this term and only once has he been included in the starting XI.

Although it must be said that Spurs have conceded 11 goals in the five he has featured in.

So perhaps Redknapp has a point in that respect.

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