Tottenham have been utilising their full-backs in a rotating system this season.
Parlour said: “How he [Pochettino] changes the full-backs, is amazing to see. At most top sides, they have a flat back four and know the players are going to play if they are fit - they’ll play week-in-week-out. But with Pochettino, he’s got [Kieran] Trippier and [Ben] Davies - in the game against Watford they played are were excellent - and against Man City it was [Danny] Rose and [Kyle] Walker. It’s amazing how he can chop and change the full-backs, and how it’s worked for them.”
It was seen as a strange move when Pochettino moved to sign Trippier in the summer, seeing as he could already call upon Kyle Walker at right-back, with Eric Dier good enough cover.
However, Dier has been shifted forward into midfield, meaning Pochettino can call upon two right-backs and two left-backs this season.
Parlour suggests this is different from the norm, when most teams settle on a consistent back-four, and don’t change it due to consistency in the back-line.
However, Pochettino wants his full-backs to be full of energy, and so rotates them whenever he needs to. This can be on a weekly basis, or simply to provide alternative threats dependent on who the opposition is, and it has been working excellently this season.
Whilst the majority of the starting XI is consistently selected, Pochettino’s revolutionary use of full-backs has kept his team fresh, and will give them an advantage heading into the final weeks of the domestic season.