By Danny Mills

26th Sep, 2021 | 9:00am

Mills are 'vulnerable' as early Tottenham team news emerges ahead of Arsenal clash

Danny Mills has claimed Tottenham have “a lot of work to do” on their defence ahead of Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal.

The former Leeds defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Lilywhites’ “vulnerable” backline is a “work in progress”.

Nuno Espirito Santo can once again call on Japhet Tanganga in the Premier League after he served a one-match suspension against Chelsea last weekend.

Spurs shipped three goals for the second consecutive Premier League game against the Blues.

Spurs’ rearguard action has fallen well behind that of their top-six rivals at the start of this season.

Their expected goals against figure of 8.2 is the sixth-worst in the top flight (FBref).

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Cristian Romero arrived for big money from Italian side Atalanta in the summer window and made his full league debut in the loss against the Stamford Bridge club last Sunday.

When asked if he thought Romero could remedy Spurs’ poor defensive performances, Mills told Football Insider’s Connor Whitley: “You have to defend as a team.

“Chelsea weren’t at their best, but they’re formidable in that they’re very efficient.

“They can go through games and grind out performances through the vast quality they have. That’s what they did against Tottenham.

“Tottenham is a big work in progress.

We’ve known their defence to be vulnerable for some time. It’s going to take a lot of work to get it up to speed with a real competitive edge.”

As revealed by Nuno on Friday (September 24th), Lucas Moura is available for the derby clash.

However, Ryan Sessegnon and Steven Bergwijn remain out through injury.

In other news, pundit can’t believe Tottenham could sack Nuno Espirito Santo after a fresh “knives out” update.