Spurs have got a solid back four, which they showed last season, including Jan Vertonghen who got into the team of the year and here, GMS examines how they will fare this time around.
Spurs were unfortunate to have Kaboul out with injury for a long period of time, but now he is back and looking strong. Only a few weeks ago in Spurs' 2nd leg of the Europa League did we see him go charging up the pitch making an excellent run, using both strength and skill to get him there. We saw Kaboul bring many qualities to Tottenham before his long-term injury, so don't be surprised to see him do the same again.
Since joining the club in 2009, Walker has kept improving, and his efforts have even seen him gain four call-ups to the national team in 2013.
He brings pace and power to the Spurs side, along with some quick feet to confuse the opposition. We see him pushing up from his position of right back to help contribute to the Spurs attack, and because of his many excellent attributes, he should continue to improve this campaign.
With Benoit Assou-Ekotto normally ahead in the pecking order, Rose is often left on the subs bench, but Rose seems to be the first choice now after Assou-Ekotto was allowed to join QPR on loan.
Much like his team-mate on the other side of the pitch, he is quick, agile and has a tremendous long range shot, which is always useful to have for a left back who loves to attack. Even in Spurs' most recent game against Norwich, we saw him make some goal saving challenges and interceptions. If he continues in this way, he could also be knocking at the England door ahead of next summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Last season Dawson was near to being transferred in the January window, but he showed determination and pure quality to sustain his place as a centre-back for Spurs. Dawson is capable of making great challenges and getting up high to head the ball away. Because of this, don't be surprised to see him being called up to the England Squad whilst continuing to prevent goals for Tottenham.
As previously mentioned, Vertonghen was selected to be in the team of the year at the end of last season, showing just how defensively brilliant he is. He also bagged a few goals for Spurs, showing that he is capable in more than one area of the pitch. His sheer quality in the role of centre-back has seen him become one of the league's top defenders, and he is adept in defending and attacking, which can only be a bonus.
Overall, Spurs are blessed with one of the best defensive unit's in the country, and if they can keep them fit, they will surely better their progress last time out.
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