Ex-Tottenham defender: I hope Pochettino makes this change for next season

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has suggested Mauricio Pochettino needs to work on the side's consistency looking ahead to next season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts explained to talkSPORT his hopes in relation to Spurs for next season.

Like many Tottenham fans, Roberts has been left frustrated by the side’s recent defending and has urged manager Mauricio Pochettino to make it a priority area looking ahead to next season.

“I would think the manager would hopefully next season, work on that part of it (defensive consistency) – I’m hoping that next season we can get a defence where we keep clean sheets,” said Roberts.

Tottenham do have a very balanced and settled back four, which was exploited by Manchester United last weekend.

They appear to have all angles covered; plenty of pace and width out wide in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, pace centrally through Eric Dier and strength and leadership through Jan Vertonghen.

However, the weaknesses in the backline were exposed against United and the fact that all of the sides above Spurs in the table have a better goal difference is something Pochettino should be looking to improve.

A lot depends on where Tottenham finish this season, which will have a big impact on the calibre of players the side can attract in the transfer market.

The Daily Mail has just reported apparent interest from the club in signing Kevin Wimmer from Cologne, but if Spurs pull off a top four finish there will be a further need to improve defensively.

The Champions League opens up possibilities and markets that finishing fifth or sixth in the table doesn’t, but a settled and consistent defence for next season should certainly improve the team’s ability to keep clean sheets.

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