Football FanCast columnist Matt Wright wonders if Gary Lineker has a point with regards to the Tottenham backline.
I don’t know if anyone else picked up on Gary Lineker’s column at the weekend, when he talked about Tottenham’s backline and the big decision that Harry Redknapp may be left to face with. Lineker questioned as to whether we should still be persisting with King and Woodgate as our first choice pairing, or whether Harry should look to go out and bring in a couple of defenders in the hope that they could form a top class partnership over time.
It was an interesting article and the general premise of Lineker’s piece was that although he considered King and Woodgate to be world class defenders, when fit, that perhaps it was too much of a gamble relying on them week in and week out, suggesting that the continual chop and changing was not having a stabling effect on the team. I know many other supporters have mooted before that perhaps the likes of Gomes and Cudicini’s time at Tottenham hasn’t been made easy by the fact that they have played behind different pairings, therefore it has been difficult to form a relationship and understanding. There is a lot of value to that argument, although I personally would find it hard to ignore playing them, should both be available for selection.
I guess the need for stability and consistency is the key aspect here and perhaps Lineker being the top class striker he once was, will know better than most and the difference against playing a backline that is stable and secure and one that is having to be patched up, or changed, every other week. I remember reading about the scum’s back four and how they knew each other’s game inside out therefore defending suddenly became easier, in knowing what each other is doing, and the midfield knew what to expect from them when they were in possession of the ball. I suppose that could be the problem at Spurs, not so much in the understanding of Woody and King as a partnership, but perhaps the players around them.
So has Lineker got a point about the backline and should Harry be looking to phase them out as our first choice pairing? Or do you believe that Woody and King should remain first choice, when fit, regardless of whether it creates a lack of stability to the rest of the team or not?