One of the most pleasing aspects of Tottenham’s play at the moment is the number of clean sheets being recorded. While new goalkeeper Brad Friedel has played his part in these statistics, our occasionally patched up defence deserves most of the praise so does it really need reinforcements this month?
Since the ‘defeat’ at Stoke last month, Spurs have conceded just two goals in six league matches. Add in two more shut outs in the FA Cup and the Europa League and that equates to six clean sheets in eight games.
On the flip side, you feel that Spurs are just one defensive injury away from a crisis and while the full backs have been ever present, the centre halves have rotated due to either injury or suspension. Some may feel therefore that back up is required and the name of Chris Samba keeps coming up, particularly after his most recent comments about his current situation,
“Lately, mentally, it has been difficult,” Samba told L’Equipe. “I tried to maintain my level of performance but I sense that it is time for a change. The club doesn’t evolve at all. I’m resigned.”
From a purely personal point of view, I wanted to avoid mentioning the word ‘title’ as much as possible but football history is littered with clubs that have spoiled their chances by tinkering with their squad mid-season.
For now, it looks like Kaboul and Dawson will pair up at the back, barring injury, for the next few weeks at least so should we leave it alone or is defensive back up an absolute priority?