UK time is: 23:20:19
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

No Centre Halves Tomorrow!

Tomorrow night in Portugal, it could be worth taking your boots, as you really might get a game against Benfica. Just as long as you are six food and overů

With Dawson and Chiriches already sidelined with injury, Jan Vertonghen suspended, it seems that Younes Kaboul has also been declared unfit to play, leaving us with perhaps Brad Friedel in line to partner Sandro in the middle of our back four.

When we consider that Capoue and Paulinho are also expected to miss the trip and Dembele hasn`t played in the few weeks, we are also really struggling in the middle, which might mean that we have to look a little harder as we probably have to have Sandro protecting the back four from the defensive midfield role. That leaves us with who to step in?

When we also add that Kyle Walker will be at best a walking wounded player, we have Naughton and Rose to fill the full back roles and perhaps Zeki Fryers to fill one central space, but who else is able to not only step in, but not get forced to play out of position or in the case of a youngster, take massive step up, especially with another rookie alongside you.

Sherwood doesn`t even have the luxury of gambling on anyone, because there isn`t a fit defender available. Does this mean a debut for 18 year old Milos Veljkovic, who has yet to make a senior appearance? Can someone like Nabil Bentaleb step in as an emergency option, should it be considered that Sandro has to play in midfield? If only we had Tom & Jake back at the Lane!

If we assume we have none of our four centre halves or Capoue, Dembele or Paulinho available, who would you pick at the back? Are we better to go with experience, even if it isn`t a position they are comfortable in or we are actually light in that position as well? Is this a game to make a star of someone like Fryers, Veljkovic or Kevin Stewart or would a poor display set their careers backwards?

We have to perhaps hope that we are able to start with Dembele to allow Sandro to at least add experience and physicality to the back line and start with Mousa and Bentaleb in the middle. Is it also fortunate that Spurs are not expected to get beyond this game, due to the two goal cushion of Benfica. That takes the pressure of whoever starts in the Spurs team, but equally another 4 or 5 goal hammering will cause ructions, whoever is in the side. Who would be Tim Sherwood? Then again there is always Brad...




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: OxfordSpur Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 19 2014

Time: 8:57AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Spurs Articles

THE MAN WHO CAN DO NO WRONG! (Saturday March 28 2015)

Decision Time For Dembele? (Thursday March 26 2015)

Back the Man in White! (Thursday March 26 2015)

Rose Out Of England Squad! (Thursday March 26 2015)

Zero Net Spend. (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Another Man`s Misfortune. (Tuesday March 24 2015)

The Case For A Defence (Sunday March 22 2015)

Archived Spurs Articles

List All Vital Spurs Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Spursex 442
2. Highgatespur 380
3. Real Deal 263
4. oxfordspur 215
5. MAN ON! 209
6. 80deg16minW 194
7. spursgirl_4_life 187
8. Jables 169
9. raphaellau 167
10. Spurfect11 159

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Spurs 4 - 3 Leicester City
Man Utd 3 - 0 Spurs
Q.P.R. 1 - 2 Spurs
Spurs 3 - 2 Swansea
Spurs 2 - 2 West Ham
Liverpool 3 - 2 Spurs

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
4. Man Utd 30 17 8 5 25 59
5. Liverpool 30 16 6 8 12 54
6. Southampton 30 16 5 9 21 53
7. Spurs 30 16 5 9 5 53
8. Swansea 30 12 7 11 -4 43
9. West Ham 30 11 9 10 3 42
10. Stoke 30 12 6 12 -3 42

Breaking League News

A True Chelsea Fan Writes. Again.
╗ Chelsea : 29/03/2015 20:51:00
Swansea Duo Injured On International Duty
╗ Swansea : 29/03/2015 20:04:01
Ramirez Injured?
╗ Hull City : 29/03/2015 17:58:01
Why Mourinho should copy Wenger
╗ Chelsea : 29/03/2015 14:18:01
Player Focus: Brazil v Chile Live Blogging
╗ Chelsea : 29/03/2015 14:00:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which of these midfielders, would you most want to keep next season?
Suggested By:  Vital Spurs
Capoue 4%
Dembele 41%
Paulinho 16%
Stambouli 39%