Yesterday we learned that Tottenham are likely to be without King, Woodgate and Dawson for the start of the season. The question was immediately raised as to whether we’ll now be in the market for a centre back.
I for one, would prefer that we did not buy anyone. In King, Woodgate, Dawson and Corluka, Spurs have a quartet of central defenders to rival those of any other club in the Premier League. Signing a new defender would probably mean that Dawson would be flogged once he regained fitness and that would be a real shame, given his improved performances last season.
So we’ll just have to muddle through. Corluka and Dorian Dervite are likely to be our first choice pairing, with Huddlestone and Chimbonda (I know) providing cover. It’s all a bit worrying when you consider that our first game of the season will see us go up against Fernando Torres and brings back bitter memories of the injury crisis of two seasons ago, where we started away at Sunderland with a defensive partnership of Chimbo and Gardner.
At a time though when the club boast an over abundance of right backs, the last thing we need is to unbalance the squad further, by amassing an equally unnecessary collection of central defenders.