The injury to William Gallas has plunged Spurs into a ‘defensive crisis’ as we head into the most crucial part of our season. Hindsight is a wonderful thing in all walks of life, but when you look back to the January transfer window, could we not have pre-empted this?

Injuries can strike the fittest players at any time and the loss of Kaboul was unfortunate. However, we had two very long term injury victims in King and Woodgate and both of their careers seem to be hanging by a thread. Gallas has been magnificent, but at 33 we’ve been lucky to see as much of him as we have.

Meanwhile our one defensive signing, Bongani Khumalo is waiting to make his debut for Preston North End. At 24, Khumalo is no longer a promising youngster and if he isn’t likely to feature now then when will he?

It’s easy to look back and criticise, but the failure to sign adequate defensive cover in January could now cost us dearly and if anything happens to either Dawson or Bassong, then where do we go from here?



  1. We didn’t need to buy any more defenders we already have 7 centre halves. The point about Khumalo is self evident, he played in the world cup and was outstanding, he is more than capable of playing in the prem for spurs. Harry only likes to play players he knows well, he is overly cautious which is why although fresh from winning the copa libertadores Sandro had to wait more than half a season to get a semi regular runout.

  2. It has been a need for the past 3 windows. It’s entirely of our own making. We would have been lucky to get 15 starts out of King and Woody and could fairly expected Gallas to cover the balance of the starts at best. That left Dawson, Kaboul and Bassong to handle the rest, assuming no injuries. Pie in the sky if you ask me. As to Khumalo, he was ok for an average WC squad, again at best. There is nothing I have seen of the lad, admittedly a few into games and the WC that suggests he is good enough to handle the pace, strength and quality of the PL. No-one to blame but ourselves. Lessons from last season’s FA Cup semi are completely lost on Harry. COYS


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