Tottenham's defensive woes have been extremely apparent over the previous two seasons, giving up careless goals left and right and leaving fans distrustful of the back-line. However, while the squad could still use some further depth in the deep areas of the pitch, Pedro Porro has been far more reliable this season.
Against Newcastle over the weekend, the right-back put on a brilliant display, not only finding captain Heung-min Son on the end of a beautiful assist, but contributing to what was nearly a clean sheet in so many other ways.
Porro has been a favorite in the starting XI for Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou, but it doesn't mean that he's had an easy-going this season. To adjust to such a system of play after Antonio Conte's wing-back role was quite the change, and the player has grown a lot in his defensive discipline despite his ability in the attacking third.
In 30 Premier League games for the club, Porro has three goals and nine assists (12 contributions), not to mention the own-goal he forced on Joel Matip to help Spurs complete a win over Liverpool earlier this season.
Those stats are incredible for a right-back, and almost indistinguishable from players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has just one more goal contribution in the same time-frame.
Ange has found an incredible player for the brand of football he's trying to create.
Tottenham will now look to build off last weekend's brilliant performance as they take on Nottingham Forest this Friday, and Porro will once again be a crucial player for the Lilywhites.