Tottenham Hotspur fans have urged the club to reshape their defence in the January transfer window.
Spurs have been in poor form in recent weeks and have not won a game in their last three outings.
They have drawn with Norwich City and Middlesbrough – the latter in the third round of the FA Cup – and lost to Southampton at St Mary’s.
Thus far this season, they have conceded 30 goals in the Premier League, the joint-highest of any club in the top half of the table, along with Arsenal.
Liverpool and Leicester City, the league’s top two, have conceded just 33 between them.
The big fat Tottenham quiz of 2019 – how much do you remember about the last year at Spurs?
And with the January transfer window open, fans are desperate for the club to bring in reinforcements to their backline, be it with full-backs or centre-backs.
Full backs and central midfield. Been saying that for 2 years now so won’t hold my breath
— James Thrussell (@ThrussellJames) January 6, 2020
— ChristianTHFC (@Christi05042568) January 6, 2020
Defeeeeeeeeeense, LB, RB, CB whatever 😂
And another striker 🙄
— Elfriton (@Elfriton) January 6, 2020
— Where will it all end? (@SaveDem31021985) January 6, 2020
The defence, were leaking goals for fun
— Chris Gooden (@chrisgooden123) January 6, 2020
— Phil Rogers (@SouthpawBoxNews) January 6, 2020
Honestly across the back line,striker and some power in midfield.
— Brainspurs2019 (@brainspurs2019) January 6, 2020
We’re shocking at every position at the moment. But CB is a must
— manny (@lavarbaIl) January 6, 2020
Indeed, Spurs have not kept a clean sheet away from home since January, when they beat Cardiff City 3-0 in Wales.
Since then, they have played 18 games on the road in the Premier League.
In that time, they have won twice, against Fulham and West Ham United, losing 12 times and shipping 32 goals. They have scored 20 times, underlining just how porous their defence has been.
Indeed, one has to feel that their defence, at this point, is starting to creak. Jan Vertonghen is 32 and has been remarkably inconsistent in recent weeks, procuring a rating as high as 8.78 from WhoScored against Burnley and as low as 6.16 against Arsenal.
It is a similar story for Davinson Sanchez – a high of 7.68 in that Burnley game and a nadir of 5.99 versus Watford – while Toby Alderweireld has not gone higher than 6.69 in his last four league outings.
The Spurs supporters may well be right.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is doing Spurs no favours.