Nuno Espirito Santo already has his hands full at Tottenham and revamping their defence might be his biggest challenge, and Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge has told Football FanCast that three new faces could be on their way.
Whilst Spurs flourished in attack under Jose Mourinho last term, with both Heung Min Son and Harry Kane in red hot form, defensive lapses ultimately cost the Portuguese his job in north London.
Mourinho’s team conceded 45 goals in the Premier League, with the former Tottenham boss unable to find a settled backline.
It was their second worst record in the previous six years, and Santo is already hard at work to fix their woes at the back.
Both Juan Foyth and Toby Alderweireld have been sold, whilst Serge Aurier, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez are amongst those that could soon follow.
With Alderweireld, their most experienced and best on his day, now moved on, it leaves Santo with a less than inspiring centre-back duo ahead of the visit of Manchester City two weeks on Sunday, whilst who starts at right-back is another major question mark.
That could soon change depending on incomings, with Spurs currently linked with a host of different defensive players.
Asked by Football FanCast how he assess Tottenham’s situation and how many new defensive faces he’s expecting through the door, Bridge said:
“I was talking to someone at the club about the mantra, the ideal was at least one [centre-back], but hopefully two and a right-back.
“So, it was interesting when Tomiyasu came out. I enquired about whether he’s included in the centre-backs, and they said no, he was more of a right-back, which is interesting.”