The back four of Tottenham Hotspur's 11 seems the strongest it has been for a while now, but there may be a problem Andre Villas-Boas. 

Spurs had a few defensive issues before the start of the season and now it seems to have arisen again as five players could be fighting it out for the two centre-half positions. 

Younes Kaboul has been out  and sidelined for most of the season due to a knee injury but he has returned to training with the Lillywhites. However, Vertonghen and Dawson have been very prolific in recent weeks and have been solid at the back. However, with the return of Kaboul we look at who deserves to lead the Spurs back-line. 

Younes Kaboul

Kaboul was one of the best defenders in the league last season, so much so that he got a call up from the French national team, showing the sheer quality that he possesses. Younes has a great amount of speed that his team-mate Kyle Walker believes he is the quickest player over 100m in the team. 

Now most fans would be expecting Walker, Aaron Lennon or Gareth Bale to be contending for this, but this is not the case. 

For Villas-Boas, Kaboul would be such a gem in the back four of the defence because AVB is infamous for his defensively high line which has been effective in many of his teams. Kaboul may not be back quite yet, but he is a great prospect.

Jan Vertonghen

This man has become a fan favourite at the Lane as he arrived from the Eredivisie for £9.6m in the summer. Jan also has a lot of pace about him to help with the high line that the reformed Spurs team play and this has helped them gain points from teams such as Arsenal and Inter Milan. 

He is also very good in the air meaning he can be a great threat going forward as goals are always welcomed by the fans. Another part of Vertonghen's game that he is so good at is the ability to pick out a pass, as he can reach a player to put them through on goal.

Michael Dawson

The captain of the team from the Lane almost left in the summer to QPR because of the amount of centre backs challenging for the two positions. He has not got the pace that Jan and Younes may withhold, but he holds the line of the back four so well, therefore giving Spurs a well disciplined side.

Dawson’s speed may be one of the main factors in AVB’s decision as the high line will not work if the back four cannot get back with pace.


Villas-Boas' problems are not totally negative but they pose an issue for him as they need to decide who is right for the back four. The arrival of Lloris in the summer has given Spurs the ability to play a high line because he has such great speed and is able to get out to the defender with confidence.

Spurs will always remember their captain and well loved defender, Ledley King who retired because of a knee injury. He was one of the quickest centre backs of his time and most fans will remember the incident where he rushed back to cut out Arjen Robben’s. Spurs need another player like him, but without the knee injury –  Vertonghen may have the potential to take that prize. 


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