Rio Ferdinand gives underwhelming verdict on Tottenham's season, singles out biggest weakness

The BT Sport pundit has been discussing the north London side ahead of their Premier League opener at Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand says he 'doesn't like' the way Tottenham Hotspur defend and can't see them doing any better than last season, according to the London Evening Standard.

Indeed, the 36-year-old former Manchester United defender, now a pundit with BT Sport, feels the north London side's defending will let them down this term and can't see them breaking into the top four.

Ferdinand is quoted as saying by the Standard: "I do not see Spurs doing any better than last season.

"They do not seem like a team who can enter the top four. Defensively they have still got a lot to do. They have got a really good goalkeeper but I do not like the way they defend."

Better than last season?

Ferdinand's concerns are understandable considering Tottenham's defensive struggles last term but has the pundit really been paying attention to the summer transfer market?

The one thing Spurs can't be accused of this window is ignoring their deficiencies in defence. Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer have all been brought in at White Hart Lane and Mauricio Pochettino can field a completely different back four to last term if he so wanted.

Of course, a change in personnel doesn't necessarily mean a change in fortunes as it is Pochettino's system that leaves Tottenham so exposed at the back - as Ferdinand has alluded to (the 'way' they defend). But the north London side should definitely improve in that area this campaign. Barring total disaster...

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