Danny Murphy claims Tottenham Hotspur won't look to sign a centre-back in the summer

Tottenham Hotspur have the best defensive record of any Premier League side this season.

Danny Murphy has told BBC Match of the Day 2, which was broadcast on 9th May, that Tottenham Hotspur will not need to look at signing a new centre-back in the summer, because Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are so good.

Spurs have maintained the best defensive record of any Premier League side this campaign.

The Lilywhites have conceded just 30 goals in their 37 Premier League matches to date, with their backline remaining resolute throughout the campaign.

Alderweireld’s and Vertonghen’s partnership at the heart of their defence has been vital to Spurs' defensive success, and Murphy feels that Mauricio Pochettino will not need to add another central defender in the summer transfer window.

“Every time they play out from the back they end up with a chance,” Murphy said. “One area of the pitch where they won’t be looking at in the summer is centre-backs. They really are two very, very good players.”

Alderweireld and Vertonghen’s partnership has been crucial when both have been fit, but their combination was broken up for a period of the season when Vertonghen got injured.

The Belgian international picked up a knee injury against Crystal Palace at the start of 2016, but when he was out of the team Kevin Wimmer proved his quality.

Wimmer stepped into the first-team with consummate ease, and he looks like very adept back up to the pair, while Eric Dier can also slot in at centre-back if required.

As a result, Spurs are likely to look forward in the transfer window - with a new striker believed to be amongst the priority signings for Pochettino.

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