The transfer window may have closed three days ago but Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea shows they need to recruit in one area, according to Anton Ferdinand.
Spurs’ display at home to the Blues was an excruciating watch for all fans of the north London side.
Chelsea dominated the first half and went in 1-0 up at the break thanks to Jorginho’s penalty.
But the way Spurs conceded the goal will infuriate fans with centre-back Eric Dier tripping Timo Werner inside the box immediately after the German striker pinched it off him.
There’s one consolation Spurs can take from their performance – at least there weren’t any fans inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to witness it.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said this is a good thing for Jose Mourinho’s side as they would’ve been booed off at half time.
It was a poor first half by the whole Spurs side, which didn’t get much better in the second as good goalkeeping by Hugo Lloris prevented it from being a humiliating defeat.
The Frenchman denied Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount, while the returning Serge Aurier made a good last-ditch challenge to deny Werner a goal.
Spurs nearly conceded a comical second goal when Dier’s backpass put Lloris in trouble but the keeper managed to head the ball away from danger.
Carlos Vinicius should’ve equalised late on as he could only direct a free header wide. The goal would’ve likely given Spurs an undeserved point as they were second best throughout.
The penalty incident raises questions about whether they have a good enough defence.
And that question was met with a resounding no by Ferdinand’s brother, who suggested Spurs’ defence is the difference between them being title challengers and being eighth in the table, where they currently are.
On whether Spurs need to sign a ‘premium centre-back’ Ferdinand told Kick Off: “Yeah I would say so, definitely.
“Eric Dier’s played in midfield for most of his career, he wanted to play at centre-back as he’s doing now.
“The inconsistency is why Tottenham were top of the league and now they’re not.”