Former Tottenham and Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas has said that Spurs have got to sign players who have the ability to go past their man.
The Lilywhites were frustrated by a dogged West Brom side in their 1-1 draw at Wembley on Saturday, as they struggled to break down the Baggies, who themselves offered little space and time to Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
The result meant that they ended Saturday fourth in the Premier League table, 10 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, although Sunday saw north London rivals Arsenal beat Burnley to leapfrog their near neighbours and push Spurs into fifth.
Analysing the game afterwards, Jenas says that the squad is lacking the ability to get past the opposition with pace and directness, and said the club should be looking to sign players in the ilk of former star Kyle Walker, who became the world’s most expensive defender when he left for table toppers City over the summer.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day (25/11, 22:30) he said the club were missing: “Players that can go by people. Walker went by people, and (Danny) Rose goes by people.
“They need people in the middle of the park (who can do it too) .”
Spurs brought in Serge Aurier to replace Walker, and he has been battling it out with Kieran Trippier at right back, although the former Burnley man appears to be Pochettino’s first choice in the league, while the Ivory Coast international has found most of his minutes in the cup competitions.
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