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Harry Redknapp comments on changes in Tottenham's defence

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on...

Tottenham Hotspur have endured a very difficult start to the season and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for a change in fortune after the international break.

Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Manchester,...

Harry Redknapp has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur's decision to allow Kyle Walker to leave the club has proven to be a 'big blow' to the club as he described Serge Aurie as an 'iffy' player.

Right-back Walker left Spurs for Manchester City for £45 million in 2017 [BBC Sport], and since then, the man who replaced him at fullback, Kieran Trippier, has also left the club over the summer. 

It has meant that Aurier is now Mauricio Pochettino's most senior player in that position, with Tottenham's biggest weak point this season perhaps being their defence and that right-back spot.


Speaking to The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSport (09/10/2019 at 8:15 am), Redknapp commented on Spurs defensively and the changes that have occurred over the years.  

"The centre-backs are still back playing together now," Redknapp told TalkSport. "You have got Rose or Davies at left-back. Okay, at right-back, they have let Trippier go for whatever reason. It was a strange one really without getting another right-back in and Aurier being a little iffy.

"Of course, losing Walker a couple of years back, which was a big blow. For me, when Walker and Rose were in full fight that's the best, I have seen Tottenham under Pochettino.

"He has got the players. Dier's back in the squad. I mean two years ago we were talking about Dier being England captain. Harry Winks has come through. They have quality international players all over the pitch. It's his job to get them playing again and recreate that spirit."

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on...

At the start of the season, Jan Vertonghen wasn't being selected, and now he is back into the starting fold, whilst Pochettino has been undecided by who plays at right-back.

Kyle Walker-Peters, Davinson Sanchez, Aurier, and even Moussa Sissoko have deployed that role, with no quality player able to make it their own. 

If a Walker-Peters can get some confidence under his belt then he wouldn't be a bad choice for that area, both for the short term and the long term. 

Kyle Walker Peters of Spurs during Tottenham Hotspur Training Session and Press Conference on September 30, 2019 in Enfield, England.

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