Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara cannot get his head around his old club’s decision to sell Kieran Trippier this summer without a replacement.
As per TalkSport, O’Hara feels Trippier’s departure has affected Tottenham’s ability to keep hold of a lead and found the decision to let him go a strange one.
He said: “The biggest one for me is the Trippier one, I found it strange. That’s where they’re struggling, they can’t hold onto a lead, they keep giving away poor goals and they didn’t replace someone who I thought was one of their best players.
“In January they’re going to have to look at that. The back four doesn’t look as solid as it did last season.”
TBR’s View – O’Hara overstates Trippier’s quality and overlooks how he played last season but he does need replacing
Calling Trippier one of Tottenham’s best players is an overstatement from O’Hara, and certainly fails to take into account how poor he was last season.
That said, Tottenham did need a reliable right back replacement last summer and they didn’t even look close to getting one.
Serge Aurier performed well against Crystal Palace but will always be found wanting in the bigger games. Tottenham have given up 2-0 leads in two straight away games with Davinson Sanchez at right back.
Perhaps Juan Foyth can take up the slack when he comes back but again, that’s converting a centre half into a right back to replace an experienced operator capable of playing international football.