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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Davies might get the nod for the City game

Jan Vertonghen has been exceptional this season

We can not hide the fact that losing everpresent Belgian Jan Vertonghen for up to 3 months is a big blow, but Kevin Wimmer was an able deputy last season and he played successfully in a back three against Arsenal at the Emirates earlier in the season.

Jan Vertonghen to miss:
Manchester City (A) 
Sunderland (A) 
Middlesbrough (H) 
Liverpool (A) 
Stoke City (H) 
Everton (H) 
Crystal Palace (A) 
Southampton (H) 
Burnley (A)

We saw him in the last game bringing the ball out of defence against WBA and stepping into midfield or occasionally venturing forward to have 3 attempts on goal. He made 64 passes with a success rate of 92.2%. Mousa Dembele would drop back to cover each time he went forward.

The options seem to be, change the system to two centre-backs or deploy Kevin Wimmer or Ben Davies in the Vertonghen role. Mauricio Pochettino explained after the game that Spurs would not be venturing into the transfer market as a result of the injury because Davies and Wimmer could both play there and we still have Cameron Carter-Vickers as cover.

It would seem therefore that we will be sticking with a back three, so who is going to be first-choice and play against Manchester City at the weekend?

Is Kevin Wimmer comfortable enough on the ball to bring it out of defence or is he a more stay at home defender?

Wimmer stands 1.87m (6ft 2in) tall, Davies 1.80m (5ft 11in) so remembering how we targetted César Azpilicueta against Chelsea because of his height (1.78m - 5ft 10in) could this be a factor in who we select to play against teams who hold an aerial threat.

Will Ben Davies replace Jan Vertonghen?

A poll on Twitter was overwhelmingly in favour of the 24-year-old (25 in November) Austrian, however this weekend City are a ground based team so might Ben Davies just get the nod.

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