Vertonghen at left back but who goes in to centre half?

by Matthew Harris on September 27, 2012

Having lost the services of Benoit Assou-Ekotto prior to the Reading game, Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas has used three players in four matches in the left back slot – all of whom have played slightly out of position.

After Kyle Naughton’s injury, Gareth Bale filled in against QPR in an experiment that was abandoned at half time. The current incumbent is Jan Vertonghen and having played there in the past for Belgium, Jan looks the most comfortable here (although to be honest he could probably look calm and comfortable anywhere on the park)

If, as expected, Vertonghen plays here again at Old Trafford on Saturday, it does leave a question in the centre of defence. Michael Dawson made his first start of the season here on Wednesday night but Steven Caulker looks almost as calm as Jan when he plays there.

It looks like AVB will pick two from Gallas, Dawson and Caulker – which way would you go?

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Pikey September 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

AVB’s gonna go for Caulker and Gallas. Probably right. Rooney looked a bit sharp last night


Pikeys dad September 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Come back to bed son and give your pa another rimming.


HackneyHotspur September 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Very tough, but for me Dawson has to start, and then do we want a more mobile centre half or a more experienced one.. Tough call.. But its United away so who cares, the ref’s the one that matters..


top dog September 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

No Dawson please. I like him for his fighting spirit but he is a donkey.


tony September 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

It should be Caulker & Dawson – but AVB will pick Gallas & Caulker.
Match prediction – Utd get a dodgy penalty from ref – probably a dive from Wellbeck or Valencia – would normally be Young but he’s injured


vtveteran September 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Spot on.


Johns September 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Like to see Dawson play along side Gallas we need to have 2 experienced centre halves against Manu.


robbie September 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I would go Gallas-Caulker. Has anyone seen AVB’s comments on sky about Lloris? 7


KP September 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

What comments are you talking about??????


dawid September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm



Razspur September 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Has to be Gallas/Caulker until Benny and the Bull are fit to resume when our back 4 will be :
Walker-Kaboul-Vertonghen-BAE with Caulker and Gallas as subs and rots.


spurian n15 September 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

i agree with top dog dawson is i “donkey” he is not a good footballer i think avb knows this


Denver September 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Caulker needs to get some game time. Gallas and Caulker for me.


dave@spurs September 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

shame about daws, but its got to be caulker.


Parklaner September 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Will be Caulker and Gallas against Utd


Denver September 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I can see the likes of Manu, ManC and Chelsea trying to sign Caulker in the not too soon distant future. He has all the atributes to become a top footballer lik Jaap Stamp, Nemanda V and even our own Lesley the King, just with a better striking rate.


top dog September 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Let them try, the fucking wankers.


tim September 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

are u gonna get any players names right?!


JaySpur September 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

One thing I know for sure; Caulker is too darn good for warming the Spurs bench.


Blake September 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

If it was against a club not in the top 4 I would play Caulker, but i think daws will show his grit and worth, by consistantly frustrating man u. Coys!


TrevD September 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm

please dont put Sadie Dawson in fs! caulker for me, good ball playing defender just hope his balls dont drop, is ade fit yet? who gives a monkeys fart defoes on fire yaaaa COYS the fire brigade couldnt put JD out 1-2 the yids


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