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Jamie O’Hara says he would rather West Ham centre-back than Tottenham player

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Jamie O’Hara says he would rather West Ham centre-back than Tottenham player

Jamie O’Hara has told TalkSPORT that he would rather have West Ham United defender Craig Dawson in central defence at Tottenham Hotspur over Davinson Sanchez – and picked the back four he would start with going forward.

Spurs slipped to ninth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to West Ham United at the London Stadium. It also saw the Hammers leap into the top four at the expense of Chelsea.

The North Londoners were undone by defensive mistakes once again. Hugo Lloris failed to claim a cross from Jarrod Bowen, while a defensive mix-up between Eric Dier and Sanchez allowed Jesse Lingard to score a second.

Ex-Spurs midfielder and Tottenham fan O’Hara thinks Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies should start in the middle of the defence – and has made the big claim that he would prefer 30-year-old Hammers man Dawson to Sanchez.

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“It is an absolute shambles at the back,” O’Hara said. “I don’t know why he keeps playing Sanchez and Dier, it must be one of the worst partnership in the league. There’s a complete lack of confidence.

“He [Mourinho] just doesn’t know the team – the only player that deserves to play is Reguilon. In my opinion, Dier needs to be dropped. I would play Tanganga and Ben Davies – Reguilon on the left, Doherty on the right.

“Davies is decent on the ball, and him and Tanganga have got pace. We get exposed one v one, we concede such sloppy goals. We paid £42m for Sanchez and I’d rather have Craig Dawson – it sums Spurs up.”
 
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TBR’s view – What has happened to Sanchez?

The Colombian looks completely out of confidence. Nervy in possession, the former Ajax defender is dropping off more and more and allowing attackers to run at him. Yes, he’s quick, but that does not outweigh his mistakes.

Having the slower Dier alongside him does not help. £42million (Telegraph) Sanchez needs a manager that gives him plenty of TLC and you are not going to get that under a boss like Mourinho. Dier started well, but is struggling.

Dier and Alderweireld are too similar together, but Alderweireld has been poor when given the chance. Spurs need pace at the back, but a defender that does not make mistakes. Moving Davies there could be the answer.

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