Almost halfway through the season, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur seem to be some distance off the title race, as they sit 10 points behind leader Chelsea in the fifth place. However, the League triumph may seem a far reach, but the top four is very much for the taking for Spurs with fourth-placed Arsenal just a point ahead.
But things have hardly gone smooth for the Lilywhites, having struggled for goals in the absence of Harry Kane early in the season and their defensive struggles in the absence of Toby Alderweireld. So, it is absolutely necessary that Pochettino brings in reinforcements in the January transfer window if his team are to sustain their challenge for the Champions League spots.
With the transfer window less than 10 days away, we take a look at three reasons why signing a defender is a must for Pochettino and Spurs in the winter:
1. Kevin Wimmer’s Struggles
When Toby Alderweireld was out injured from the last week of October, Austrian Kevin Wimmer got a chance in the side at the heart of the defence, alongside Jan Vertonghen.
But in the two games that he played, the 24-year old was woeful to say the least. Wimmer looked shaky and suspect, there was a clear lack of confidence in his game and it seemed that he was not cut out for the Premier League. Especially in the game against Chelsea, where Pochettino set out a three-man defence, Wimmer looked completely out of place and struggled to have the desired impact.
Alderweireld missed a total of 9 games during his injury period, but Wimmer was used only in three of those, indicating Pochettino’s lack of trust in the player. Hence a reinforcement at the heart of the defence is needed for the North Londoners.