'Don't think they're good enough': Ally McCoist says he now has real doubts about three Tottenham players
Ally McCoist has criticised Tottenham Hotspur’s back three after their elimination from the EFL Cup last night.
Spurs went down 2-0 against Nottingham Forest and saw a realistic route to silverware go up in smoke at the City Ground.
Their performances of late have been underwhelming, performing poorly in the first half of matches before sometimes clawing it back.
They were unable to turn it around last night and McCoist told TalkSPORT that he has doubts about Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet and Davinson Sanchez.
McCoist on Tottenham
He said: “I just don’t think they’re good enough defensively. I really don’t think they’re good enough defensively.”
When asked specifically about Dier and whether he has got a mistake in him, he replied: “Aye. Even Sanchez last night. Lenglet. I just don’t. I think they’re alright defensively but to compete at the very top level…
“The goalkeeper makes great saves but I think there’s a clanger in him. He makes excellent saves but there’s a clanger in him.
“Going back to the Harry Kane thing, it’s a funny one. If Forest won that game 2-0 and Kane hadn’t played, people would have said he’s not treating the tournament with respect because it’s an opportunity.
“He’s played a strong team. Spurs have got absolutely nowhere to go. The first goal, what a great goal, by the way.”
It is not clear whether McCoist is referring to first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris or Fraser Forster, who played between the sticks last night.
Lloris has made high-profile errors this season, against Arsenal and Newcastle most notably, and there have been reports that Spurs are planning to replace him in the summer.
McCoist will be familiar with Forster from his time at Celtic, and he is an experienced backup but his debut did not go to plan last night and that elimination may prevent him from getting further gametime this season.
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