‘Tottenham defenders need to stand up and be counted’

Former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts criticises Younes Kaboul

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Tottenham Hotspur’s defenders need to stand and be counted, according to former Spurs star Graham Roberts.

Stoke City were surprise 2-1 winners at White Hart Lane on Sunday, leaving Mauricio Pochettino’s side in 12th place in the Premier League table.

Former Spurs defender Roberts, who won two FA Cups with the north London side, was critical of Pochettino’s captain Younes Kaboul after their fourth home defeat of the season.

“At the moment I’m looking at our defence and I think we haven’t got one defender at the moment. Yesterday [against Stoke] we conceded a goal and, well, I hadn’t even reached my seat,” Roberts told talkSPORT.

“At the end of it, defenders have to defend. They don’t have to score goals. If they score a goal it’s a bonus. Let’s get back to logic and players saying, ‘I’m a defender. We’re not going to concede today. If we don’t concede we’re not going to lose.’

“Younes Kaboul needs to stand up and be counted. He needs to be a leader. He needs to lead from the front and he needs to pull the defence [together].

“For the second goal yesterday, where were the two centre-halves? The lad [Jonathan Walters] was stood in the six-yard box and there was nobody within five yards of him. That’s not defending.

“What they’re trying to do at the moment is be football players and attack, which they can’t do. Go back to basics. Defend properly. Defend as a back four like, and I don’t like saying this, George Graham’s Arsenal side, be solid and then we can work our way forward.”

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