Martin Keown hails “remarkable” Tottenham defensive partnership

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told @TalkingTHFC in a Daily Mail Q&A session that he believes Tottenham defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio have performed well together so far this season, although believes Fazio is a weak link.

Speaking in a Twitter Q&A session using the hashtag #TackleKeown, the Mail pundit answered my question regarding his thoughts on how the pair have performed under Mauricio Pochettino this season.

The former England man replied: “the stats for Spurs winning when they play are remarkable.”

Building on their partnership, the pundit said: “I think Vertonghen is a good centre half and was surprised when Kaboul was given the captaincy over him. Fazio is a weak link but managers like to pick players who win games.”

Keown was quick to fault Fazio by saying: “sometimes he is slow and ponderous, and he lost the ball when Chelsea scored.”


Making over 400 appearances for London rivals Arsenal, the hardened defender quickly became a notable force in this defensive position. In a season with strong defensive displays from the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and the Spurs duo, the pundit has seen a vast array of defensive talent.

An emerging talent that Keown is impressed by is youngster Eric Dier. The ex-player told the Mail: “they have Eric Dier in the group who started well at right back but could be a centre back. I’d like to see him given a chance in the middle to get his confidence back up and develop his game.”

Tottenham have lost just one competitive match in their last 16 in all competitions in which Fazio and Vertonghen have started together, winning 11 games, drawing four and losing one.

Despite having played such a vast amount of fixtures, Mauricio Pochettino continues to play the pair in order to establish a long-lasting partnership. After starting the season with multiple couples, Pochettino seems to have chosen his firmed centre-backs.

With their excellent record still going, it is no doubt that this strong defensive unit will continue for Tottenham Hotspur throughout 2015.

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One thought on “Martin Keown hails “remarkable” Tottenham defensive partnership

  1. […] Speaking to me for the second time this week on the Mail website, Keown has quickly become recognisable towards the gradual rise of Spurs under Pochettino. Read what the former defender told me about Tottenham’s defence here:… […]

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