Ranking Tottenham's defenders: Who's top of the pecking order?

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Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of good defensive options ahead of the new season.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino deserves credit for doing some good early business in the transfer market, which has helped him to improve the defensive options he’s got available for the coming season.

The backline was arguably an area of weakness in the current squad last season, with Tottenham struggling in situations where they should have had more than enough in terms of the talent in their midfield and attack to get themselves over the line.

We’ve attempted to rank the centre-backs and full-backs at the club in terms of their position in the pecking order for Spurs ahead of the new Premier League season.

Centre-backs: Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Dier, Fazio, Wimmer

Full-backs: Walker, Rose, Davies, Trippier, Yedlin

The centre-backs

The key man in terms of the middle of the back four is going to be Jan Vertonghen, who now has plenty of experience in the Premier League, experience in terms of Tottenham and someone who is fairly reliable for the manager.

Pochettino’s big decision is who plays next to him when everyone is fit and available.

The smart money will go on Toby Alderweireld, signed from Atletico Madrid earlier in the summer, because the pair already have a good understanding and relationship, which has been born out of their days of playing together for Belgium.

It’s then a case of the back-up options with Eric Dier next in line before a battle between Federico Fazio and new arrival Kevin Wimmer in terms of getting chances.

The full-backs

While Kyle Walker can sometimes be frustrating in terms of his consistency, he’s at the top of the pecking order in terms of the club’s full-backs.

He’s got plenty of Premier League experience and is mirrored effectively by Danny Rose down the left, with good back up options ready to come in, in the form of Kieran Trippier, Ben Davies and DeAndre Yedlin if he stays at the club.

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