By Dominic Toner
Graham Roberts has praised the back four for their performance in Tottenham’s 4-0 victory over Stoke on Saturday.
The former Spurs defender highlighted the individual display from Ben Davies after he replaced the injured Danny Rose in the side.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did return from injury for the match at the Britannia Stadium and helped Spurs keep their second clean sheet of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side cruised to three points thanks to a Son Heung-Min brace, accompanied by Dele Alli and Harry Kane goals.
Roberts took to his personal Twitter account on Saturday night to praise defenders Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Davies for their performances despite the attacking talents shown by Spurs.
The club’s first choice left-back Rose picked up a hamstring injury whilst on international duty which gave his understudy Davies the chance to impress.
Davies, 23, was a starring member for the surprise Wales team who reached the semi-final at Euro 2016 and could now be in line to play against Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The extent of Rose’s injury has not yet been revealed so Pochettino will make a late call on who will make the starting line up.
Spurs boasted the joint best defensive record in the league last season, just 35 goals conceded like Manchester United, and the familiar set up of Walker, Vertonghen and Alderweireld have helped them build a settled backline.
Pochettino’s side repeated the 4-0 scoreline that they achieved away to Stoke last season, with Alli and Kane scoring the goals on that occasion.
Saturday’s result lifted Spurs them to fourth in the table and they currently have eight points from just four games.
In other Tottenham team news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to the display of Son against Stoke.