Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho must ditch the partnership of Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier, according to Paul Robinson.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said neither of the pair are leaders and it is causing the team to concede “too many goals”.
Sanchez, 24, and Dier, 27, have started the previous two Premier League fixtures – a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City and a 2-1 defeat at West Ham.
Both made individual errors in the losses, much to the frustration of Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.
The Lilywhites, who sit ninth in the Premier League table, have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 fixtures across all competitions.
Robinson suggested Mourinho start the experienced Toby Alderweireld more regularly, ahead of signing an elite level centre-half in the summer.
“The partnership of Dier and Sanchez just is not going to work long-term,” he told Football Insider. “They concede too many goals, they are too porous.
“Dier and Sanchez are both decent centre-halves but neither of them are leaders.
“We have seen with Virgil van Dijk’s injury for Liverpool this season just how important an elite level centre-half can be.
“This summer is going to be full of clubs looking for a top centre-half.
“I rate Toby Alderweireld very highly – Spurs are a better team when he is in the side. I think he should start regardless of who is next to him. Dier and Sanchez should be dropped.”