It seems like an impossible task. How do you fill in a gap filled by the best centre-half in the Premier League?
Well, that’s what Spurs will be forced to do for the first time in over a season as Toby Alderweireld faces a rare spell on the sideline following his removal from the game in Saturday’s draw at West Bromwich Albion‘s Hawthorns.
Alderweireld had been ever-present since his £11.5million move from Atletico Madrid last summer, and there is little secret in the fact that he and fellow countryman Jan Vertonghen have forged one of the most formidable defensive partnerships in the club’s illustrious history.
But it’s not all bad news. Mauricio Pochettino is far from short of willing deputies for Tuesday night’s trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. The only question is, which one should take up the role?
Wimmer’s form last season during Jan Vertonghen’s injury absence has made him a favourite among Spurs fans. News that Wimmer could be moving clubs in the summer was met with strong opposition, as the Austrian has the ability to slot into Pochettino’s side so easily whenever he is called upon.
His only appearance of the season came in the 5-0 win over Gillingham at White Hart Lane, however the EFL fixture as hardly the test Wimmer needed to stretch his legs.
A run-out in Leverkusen could be perfect for the centre-half.
Dier was called upon as Toby left the field at the Hawthorns, and was solid in what was originally his favoured position.
Since his move from Sporting Lisbon, Dier has moved forward into defensive midfield having shifted to right-back first, but the young Englishman is more than capable of slotting back into a deeper role.
With Victor Wanyama bossing the midfield in Spurs’ recent switch to 4-1-4-1, Dier has been slightly short of game time, too.
Could it be time to call upon youth? Pochettino is famed for blooding young and promising talents, and Carter-Vickers is certainly that.
This could be the perfect opportunity to throw the American in at the deep end, and it’s not as if the youngster’s talent has gone unnoticed already this season. Pochettino himself claimed at the beginning of the season that CCV’s form was better than that of Kevin Wimmer.
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