Cascarino slams Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Stratford, England.

Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur lost 4-2 at home in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in...

In the early days of Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur were still an expansive, attacking football team but their free-flowing approach was supported by a very sturdy defence.

Spurs had arguably the best back-line in the Premier League from 2014 to 2016 with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld forming a formidable partnership in Pochettino’s second season in North London.

But Tottenham have looked increasingly leaky at the back in the first few weeks of the 2018/19 season. They have conceded seven Premier League goals already, four more than both Manchester City and Liverpool and two more than Chelsea.


Spurs were worryingly open once again in Wednesday’s 4-2 Champions League defeat against Barcelona on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi tearing the hosts’ defence apart in a mesmerising two-goal display.

And, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (4 October, 11am), Tony Cascarino has taken aim at Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, who started at centre-back against Barca.

“Alderweireld is nowhere near the player he was 18 months ago. Vertonghen has been injured,” Cascarino said.

Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur look dejected after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on...

“Sanchez; I saw a lot of him at Ajax. Now, he’s got a lot in his game but he’s got a terrible habit of relying on his pace because he’s quick. He gave away the ball for fun (on Wednesday).”

Sanchez has endured a difficult start to his second season at Tottenham and is under pressure to justify the club-record £42.5 million the Londoners paid for him in the summer of 2017.

Alderweireld, meanwhile, is out of contract at the end of the season and has been a little below his best of late after being frequently tipped to leave over the last few months.

Toby Alderweireld of Spurs and Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3,...

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