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Tottenham Hotspur 2018-19 Season in Review: Defenders


With the season now over for Tottenham, the club preparing to bring in new signings in the summer transfer window.

Spurs did not sign a single new players last summer and had to stay content with the team that they had for last season while players like Kyle Walker Peters and Juan Foyth were promoted to the first team.

Here we have look at the how the defenders performed fared for the club in the 2018-19 season.

Danny Rose


Danny Rose has established his name as one of the best Left Back’s in England and has dominated the LB position in the England squad for quite some time now.

Rose has struggled with injuries over the past few season and this season was no different. Rose managed to make 20+ appearances in the Premier League. He sometimes even played as a midfielder when the club was struck with injuries to Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier.

Rose even expressed his fight with depression and recurring injures this season. In April he made his return and showed some glimpses of reaching his very best. In the Champions league semi final victory over Ajax, Rose was the silent star of the match. And since then even in the UCL final, Rose was the only player that fought till his last before eventually losing the final.

Kieran Trippier


Much was expected from the England international who returned as a World Cup hero for England last season. But Trippier failed to each even half of his potential and was at the receiving end of a lot of criticism from fans and pundits.

Trippier is expected to leave the club this summer and an announcement could be made anytime soon. Trippier made number of errors which eventually cost his team and even accepted the fact he is not able to play at his best. Though he did come up with some good performances for the club but failed to be consistent with those performances.

Spurs are desperately searching for a Right Back and Palace’s Bissaka and Barcelona’s Semedo have emerged as a potential replacement for the player.

Ben Davies


Ben Davies has always played second fiddle to Rose and not much is expected from Welsh international. He did come up with some decent performances in the first half but after the return of Rose to full fitness he started just 6 matches from March.

Davies will stay at the club next season despite not having much to offer to the team. Davies will continue as the 2nd choice Left Back and help him get some much needed rest.

Serge Aurier


Serge Aurier spent majority of the season on the sidelines because of the injuries. He did seem to be a good signing when he was brought from PSG in 2017/18 season but since then the player has rarely featured for the club and when on the field he has hardly done something worth talking about.

Aurier was just the player Manager Pochettino needed, someone who is physically strong and can quickly launch attacks as well as be as a solid as rock in the defense.

Aurier was expected to fill in that role but a season later, he looked far away from being that kind of player. The 26-year-old is also expected to leave the club as Spurs are keen on bringing Palace’s Aaron Wan Bissaka at the club.

With Trippier and Aurier both leaving Bissaka would serve as the first choice RB while Walker Peters would act as his backup.

Juan Foyth


Juan Foyth is another players from the Spurs academy that made his name in the first team this season. As the club had a long list of injured players, Pochettino had to bring in some players from the reserves side in order to fill in those positions.

Foyth started as a Center Back for Tottenham but after initially struggling he was moved to the Right Back position where he used to deliver some exceptional performances. He had excellent ability on the ball and made just 1 error per game.

He was oozing confidence and had a great ball control and passing vision. His red card against Bournemouth was awful but it will help the player to continue his development at the club.

Jan Vertonghen


The big Belgian once again proved why is considered as one of the best center back’s in the world. Despite missing number of matches because of his injury, Vertonghen made over 33 appearances for the club scoring twice and assisting once.

He found a formidable partnership with his international team mate Toby Alderweireld to guide the club to their first ever Champions league final and their 3rd consecutive top 4 finish in the Premier league.

The 32-year-old defender has one year left on his contract and will likely look out his contract at the club. He scored a crucial goal against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions league round of 16 and was also named the Man of the match of the night.

Vertonghen will continue to dominate the CB position for Tottenham next season and could do it for a few more years if the latter signs a new contract at the club.

Toby Alderweireld


Alderweireld made over 46 appearances for Spurs last season after being linked with a move to rivals Manchester United last summer. He was at the heart of Spurs defence and formed a strong partnership with team mate Jan Vertonghen.

His future at the club still remains a doubt and with only 1 year left on his current contract a decision on the player’s future will be announced anytime soon.

If he decided to stay at the club he could get a new contract and dominate Spurs CB position for a few more years.

Davinson Sanchez


Sanchez arrived at North London as a record breaking signing and at just 22, he is continuing his development at the club.

The Colombian made over 35 appearances for the club scoring 1 goal and assisting 1.

Injuries to Vertonghen and Alderweireld gave a lot more opportunities to get experience at the biggest level before eventually taking over the CB position in the team.

Sanchez will get even more minutes on the field next season before he eventually have the maturity and experience to start as a regular in the CB position.

Kyle Walker-Peters


The Young England international made his way into the Spurs first team from the reserves side.

After starting the 2nd leg against Barcelona and committing a huge error that led to a goal by Ousmane Dembele, Walker-Peters took his lessons from the match and in his very next match became the very first players to provide 3 assists in a single game.

However since than the player managed to make 5 more appearances for the club. With his incredible talent it is likely that the player will stay at the club or maybe get sent on loan to another club to gain further experience and continue his development.


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