Hoddle warns makeshift Tottenham defence about opposition star forward
By Harvey Byrne
Glen Hoddle has warned the Tottenham defence ahead of their clash with Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday about in form forward Javier Hernandez.
The former Manchester United hitman has been in top form in the current campaign with seven goals in nine appearances.
He would have been a handful for Spurs first choice duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, but the former picked up an injury in the clash against West Brom on Saturday and Eric Dier is now set to fall into the back four.
Now former Spurs boss, Hoddle has warned the makeshift defence about Hernandez and has even compared him to Premier League and England great Michael Owen.
“He looks to get on the outside of defenders or in between the centre-halves,” said Hoddle when previewing the Tuesday evening Champions League clash on Unibet.
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“It’s important for the two centre-halves, they’ve got to be on the open, they’ve got to be on the swivel. Their necks have to be working.
“If you are attracted to the ball for more than two seconds against this lad then he’ll be in behind you. That’s what he’s waiting for.
“He reminds me very much of Michael Owen at his very best.”
Despite the goal scoring talents of Hernandez, manager Mauricio Pochettino will still be expecting his defensive unit, which include’s two defensive midfielders and star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to keep a clean sheet.
They are the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League, while also boasting the best defensive record after conceding just four goals from their opening eight league fixtures.
They will be looking to progress to the next stages of Europe’s elite competition and they currently sit a point above Leverkusen in second place after two matches.
In other Tottenham news, Marcus Edwards was promoted to train with the senior Spurs squad on Monday.