Former Tottenham Hotspur manager and player Glenn Hoddle explained on Sky Sports the key area he feels Mauricio Pochettino needs to improve this summer.
Hoddle has been critical of Tottenham’s defence and despite an improved display in the game against Newcastle last weekend, it’s an area he’s suggested needs to get better.
“I think defensively they've looked frail and they have really struggled at times - I think they need to go in and work there, bringing in some strong players to improve that area,” said Hoddle.
One of the main problems for Pochettino in relation to his back four is that he’s had to make changes on a constant basis.
Jan Vertonghen has arguably been the only constant while Eric Dier, Federico Fazio and Younes Kaboul have all played alongside him with Pochettino searching for his best defensive partnership.
The impact that’s had is that it’s made it difficult for a settled centre back pairing to strike up a productive relationship and as a result, it’s been difficult for the side to keep clean sheets.
That in turn puts pressure onto the attack of the side, who have often been required to score more than one goal per game to make a difference and to try and secure a result.
The budget and calibre of players Pochettino could target in defence remains to be seen because there is still a chance that Tottenham will be playing Europa League football next season, which will impact their potential in the transfer market.