Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is aiming to improve the defending of Harry Winks and Oliver Skipp, according to Football.London.

The Spurs duo are both very well-capable of churning out quality displays though their defending has been questionable at times.

The 19-year-old Tottenham young Skipp is still a fringe player at Spurs and will be looking to establish himself as a first-team regular in the near-future.

The fact that Mourinho is aiming to work with him illustrates that the self-proclaimed “special-one” has high hopes for the Lilywhites teenager.

The 24-year-old Winks has vast first-team experience under his belt and can go on to establish himself as a leader within the Spurs dressing-room.

However, his man-marking has been very questionable at times and this is something which he will need to improve upon if he also wants to become a first-team regular within the England team.

Tottenham’s homegrown talent Winks has six appearances for England under his belt but has largely been a cover option for Gareth Southgate’s side.

The Spurs man needs to up his game if he wants to become a regular at international level.

Spurs defending has been problematic this season. It has been touted as a major factor for why the club has not maintained their form from the last five seasons under Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham will need to tighten up at the back if they want to stand a chance to finish in the top four this season.

They will also need to improve at the back ahead of next season if Mourinho wishes for his side to challenge for major silverware.

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