Former Sunderland and Everton winger Kevin Kilbane said on BBC One on Sunday evening (January 10) that Tottenham Hotspur’s success this season depends on their defence.
The former Republic of Ireland star made the comment during Tottenham’s FA Cup third-round tie against Leicester City at White Hart Lane on Sunday evening.
Kilbane was not pleased with the way Spurs conceded the equaliser in the 19th minute and said on BBC One: "Jan Vertonghen was saying Spurs take pride as a back four or back five in not conceding goals.
"Their success this season is going to come down to how well that defence plays and they can't concede those type of goals.”
Conceding two goals at home is not a good sign, and indeed Tottenham should have done better at the back against Leicester.
However, it must be remembered that centre-back Jan Vertonghen did not start the tie against Leicester which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have established themselves as the best centre-back pairing in the Premier League, with the North London club having conceded just 16 league goals so far this season.
The duo are likely to play together on Wednesday evening when Spurs host Leicester at White Hart Lane in the league.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are fourth in the Premier League table at the moment with 36 points from 20 matches, just six points behind leaders and North London rivals Arsenal.