Stalteri defends Tottenham's back four, suggests Pochettino is to blame for inconsistency

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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Paul Stalteri has suggested the number of changes made to the current back four isn't ideal.

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Paul Stalteri suggested to talkSPORT the main reason for the defensive inconsistency in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

While the win against Leicester last weekend was a good reaction to defeat at Manchester United, the side have conceded six goals in their last two games, which would have set off alarm bells around White Hart Lane.

However, Stalteri believes the problem doesn’t run deep and can be dealt with quickly and effectively by the manager.

“Having to chop and change a little bit isn’t ideal for a back four – It’s not easy when you’ve had to chop and change things as often as they have,” said Stalteri.

“Hopefully over that last little bit of the season they can find one that they’re comfortable with.”

Kyle Walker has been the main man at right-back with DeAndre Yedlin yet to make an impact, there has been rotation at left-back between Danny Rose and Ben Davies, while the central defensive combinations have changed with Eric Dier and Federico Fazio competing for playing time alongside Jan Vertonghen.

If Pochettino can find a settled, effective and confident back four then it bodes well for the rest of the season as Tottenham chase down the top four.

They are under pressure and can’t afford many more slip ups with the other sides competing for a top four position all in good form and creating a gap over the North Londoners.

If the inconsistency continues throughout the season, Pochettino has to work hard during the summer to bring in the players he feels can effective add more solidity than what he has across the back four.

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