Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has named four Spurs players he could potentially use at right-back in “emergency situations”, in conversation with Football London.
The right-back position has been an Achilles heel for much of Tottenham’s season and, although Serge Aurier is doing well at present, he remains Spurs’ only out-and-out option in that area.
With Kyle Walker-Peters on loan at Southampton and Juan Foyth and Japhet Tanganga both out injured, Mourinho is very limited should Aurier become unavailable over the coming weeks.
Spurs have six Premier League fixtures between Thursday 2 July and Saturday 18 July, so their resources will be stretched to the limit.
When asked by Football London whether he’d have to be creative at right-back, Mourinho replied: “Yes. We don’t have Japhet and Foyth, a boy who played there with Argentina and under Mauricio (Pochettino) a few times. The right-back position is not available so yes, it’s where are a little bit more in trouble.
“In training we did sometimes Skipp, we did sometimes Gedson. We know we can also do Toby because a few years ago he used to do that sometimes with Atletico Madrid, and Southampton I think he did sometimes a couple of times. So in emergency situations here we go. Even Moussa Sissoko did it already too.”
Tottenham’s recruitment has left much to be desired over the past 12 months, with Kieran Trippier departing and Walker-Peters being loaned out – and that’s before looking at the lack of reinforcements up front, which came to the fore before the shutdown.
It’s reassuring to hear Mourinho earmark several players who could cover at right-back, and given just how many games Spurs have in the next two-and-a-half weeks, there’s a very good chance that at least one of them will make a surprise appearance.