Paul Robinson has told BeIN Sports that Tottenham Hotspur will not find consistency until they sort out the full-back positions, after the north Londoners failed to beat Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s side drew 1-1 with Jonathan Woodgate’s Championship outfit, coming from behind to equalise. Ashley Fletcher had given Boro the lead, before an excellent cross from Serge Aurier was met by Lucas Moura.
However, the scoreline remained the same and ultimately it was another poor display from Mourinho’s men – who have kept just one clean sheet in the 12 games since Mourinho took over.
Former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson believes the full-back area is an issue. £70k-a-week (Spotrac) Aurier has been criticised defensively with Spurs boasting little other option, while Ryan Sessegnon is being used over Danny Rose and Ben Davies.
“I think he [Mourinho] has had an impact since he has come in,” Robinson said. “I think certain playrs have responded to him. The main criticism you can lay at his door, is that they have been inconsistent. They’re conceding too many goals.
“They’ve had a problem at right-back and left-back. He’s playing Sessegnon there now, which is a good move, because for whatever reason Danny Rose hasn’t been playing. Serge Aurier defensively is very, very poor.”
TBR’s view – Tottenham need to spend money to save season
Tottenham will only be able to achieve their goals this season – top-four finish and cup runs in both the FA Cup and Champions League – by investing heavily this month. Failure to do so, and they will be lucky to achieve European football at all.
Spurs need two new full-backs, with Sessegnon more of a winger and Aurier simply too much of a risk. Back-up for Harry Kane is also desperately needed, as is a replacement for Christian Eriksen – one that can have more of n impact that Giovani Lo Celso.
Four new players, then. The chances of that happening, though, are slim.