Vertonghen and Alderweireld are yesterday’s men amid Spurs’ defensive woes

first_imgTHEY were once the most solid central defensive pairing in the Premier League.But now Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen suddenly look like yesterday’s men.6 Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen looked dodgy again, with Harry Winks and Danny Rose the miserable men in the middle hereCredit: Getty – Contributor6 Abdoulaye Doucoure hails his early opener for struggling Watford at TottenhamCredit: PA:Press Association6 France U-21 midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure arrives at the right time to put Watford in front, with Spurs all at seaCredit: AFP or licensorsMaybe it is just as well for Tottenham the pair are both out of contract at the end of the season.The worry for Spurs fans, given their club’s appalling recruitment record, is who will replace the Belgian duo.But given the way they performed against rock-bottom Watford it surely should not be too difficult to bring in better.There is no doubt they have been outstanding in their time.But their form, like the time remaining on their contracts, is dropping drastically.JAN SAVED BY VARAlderweireld was caught on heels for Abdoulaye Doucoure’s sixth-minute opener.And Vertonghen, whose positioning left a lot to be desired again, was fortunate VAR John Brooks decided not to rule a stonewall penalty against him for a blatant foul on Gerard Delofeu just before the break.Admittedly they were not helped by playing the first half alongside Davinson Sanchez in a back three which just invited the Hornets to attack them.The clumsy Colombian has all the balance of a baby giraffe and hardly inspires confidence.That is why Tottenham’s new defensive heroes will be have to be signed rather than developed.6 Harry Kane bemoans the plight of Tottenham as the Hornets held themCredit: Reuters6 Jan Vertonghen cannot believe it after Spurs fell behind after just six minutes and only equalised late onCredit: Getty Images – Gettymost read in footballTO CATCH A CHEATFurious wife beats and strips her husband’s suspected mistress in the street – but crowd does nothingWORMS FEARSHas your child got threadworms? Here’s the symptoms – and how cure themTAKING THE PISSDisgusting man PEES from airport seat in front of shocked passengersMIND BLOWINGThe rudest hotel room sign ever? Optical illusion has internet in hystericsExclusiveBRIDE AND GLOOMInfamous Don’t Tell The Bride couple reveal what REALLY happens on the showTEST ON ENTRYTourists arriving in Majorca and Ibiza may get coronavirus test at airportNot so long ago it was widely believed Spurs’ biggest concern was finding a striker able to play alongside or instead of Harry Kane.Now an even bigger concern must be bringing in a couple of replacements for the Belgian Statler and Waldorf at the back.Because to paraphrase the Muppet Show curmudgeons: “They were not half bad against Watford, they were all bad!”6 Tottenham show their dejection after the shock Watford openerCredit: ReutersTottenham boss Pochettino risks fans’ wrath by ruling out January transfer spending spree despite woeful formlast_img read more

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