Alan Hutton claims Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is yet to figure out his best defence after the 2-1 win over Norwich on Wednesday.
The former Spurs and Aston Villa right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the North London club need to go “back to basics” in a quest to solve their defensive issues.
Since Mourinho’s appointment, Spurs have kept only two clean sheets in 16 games, conceding a total of 22 goals.
Hugo Lloris returned to the starting XI after his lengthy injury layoff, but Hutton, stressing the importance of a settled backline, says the issues this season lie in front of the goalkeeper.
“They need to do something,” the former Scotland international told Football Insider.
“We always see Mourinho’s teams as great at defending and they do not lose a lot of goals. There are problems. He is tinkering with it.
“It is a back four, it is a back five. He does not know who he is playing. He is chopping and changing. As a defender, you want a settled defensive unit.
“Everything that has gone on with Vertonghen, Alderweireld, and Danny Rose. There is so much going on behind the scenes which are affecting them. They need to go back to basics, whether that is bringing players in or moving players on.”
Speculation remains over the future of Jan Vertonghen this month with the Belgian’s current contract expiring this summer.
If the Belgian does not follow Toby Alderweireld in committing his long term future to the club the North London side risk losing the 32-year-old on a free at the end of the season.
In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has delivered a scathing review of a Spurs defender.