Former Tottenham player Paul Robinson, 44, is convinced the club’s signing of Trevor Chalobah, 24-Chelsea, was a failure.

After a 10-match unbeaten run at the top of the table at the start of the 2023-24 English Premier League (EPL) season, a crisis has hit Tottenham. Spurs lost 1-2 against Aston Villa in the 13th round of matches on June 26. It was their third straight loss and they dropped to fifth in the standings.

The winter transfer window has become more important than ever, and one of the positions Spurs are looking to add to is central defense.

Against Villa, manager Enze Postecoglou used side-backs Emmerson Royale and Ben Davies in central defense.

The reason for this was a series of central defense departures. Micky van der Vaan hasn’t played this year due to injury, and Cristian Romero was unavailable for the game due to a red card. Eric Dier was on the bench, but he has yet to inspire confidence, so I opted to start four side-backs.

The latest defender to be linked to Tottenham is Chalobah. “Tottenham are interested in Chalobah and will try to sign him in January,” according to British media outlets, including Football Insider.

Chalobah came up through the Chelsea youth ranks and has been with the first team since the 2021-22 season. At 6-foot-2, she is strong in tackling and intercepting balls. She can also play central defense as well as side-back. There was a time when Chelsea fans had high hopes for her, but a combination of injuries and poor performances meant that she has yet to make a league appearance this season.

However, Robinson emphasized to Football Insider that a Tottenham deal is out of the question. “Historically, Tottenham and Chelsea are two clubs that don’t do business. It’s not easy to move players between the two clubs,” he said, explaining the rivalry.

“Players like Chalobah will want to play and will want to play on a bigger European stage. Look at Tomori Picayune, he left Chelsea for AC Milan and is playing at the highest level. You won’t see Chalobah at Tottenham,” he said, predicting other options.


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