Around a year ago, Spurs were fielding their only two fit centre halves and I wrote on here suggesting that the club might have pre-empted this by bringing in some defensive reinforcements in the January 2011 transfer window. Tottenham had signed a centre half back then – Bongani Khumalo who has been seen on the subs bench a few times but 12 months ago the situation at the back was grim.
This January we signed another centre back in Ryan Nelsen but we also let Corluka and Bassong out on loan. The result? – After last night’s Cup replay we are now looking at Nelsen, Kaboul, King and Gallas to somehow get us to the end of the season. Khumalo is presumably still here somewhere?
The extent of Michael Dawson’s injury is still to be confirmed but Harry Redknapp felt after the game that it would be a ‘miracle’ if the player featured again this season.
“We’re not sure yet but it didn’t look good,” the manager said after the game.
Aaron Lennon also limped off with a hamstring injury and while it remains to be seen if the game will have any impact on our league run in, it must surely be hoped that the club take a longer term view of defensive personnel this summer.