Written by Nic Dusabe
The winter hasn’t been kind to Tottenham Hotspur this year, seeing them win once in their last 10 games with yet another loss at Stamford Bridge.
So, what’s gone wrong? Defenders? Nope – before Saturday’s game the back line had conceded the least amount of goals in Premiership. Attack? Yes and no. Depending on who you’re asking you’ll get a different response; losing one of the league’s best forwards through injury would hurt any team. For me, there’s a boardroom full of people who should be answering the tough questions that are being directed at Mauricio Pochettino.
The lack of quality added to improve the squad has hindered a young team that travelled across the globe in the summer to participate in international tournaments that none of them won. Some [Hugo Lloris & Erik Lamela] came close, but only to be left wanting more like the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Some of the summer signings – in particular the £30 million acquisition of Moussa Sissoko on deadline day – left many pundits and fans puzzled as to why the club had built the stance of signing ‘bargains’ that suit the manager’s high-press styled football just throw the policy out of the window through desperation.
The poor performances from the new players will once again call into question what impact Daniel Levy had in the exit head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, and head of player identification, Rob McKenzie – the pair were responsible for players such as Dele Alli and Heung Min Son.
Pochettino’s tactical dismantling of the early pace setters, Manchester City, covered what had been a very sloppy and lacklustre start to the season that had carried on from the back end of last. By the time the Manchester City game came around Spurs had notched up 12 points from a possible 18, even with a decent tally of points on the table it was the performances that’d concerned many: “Tottenham do not exist without Dembele,” said Pochettino as he joked with reporters after the poor performance in the 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool.
Mismanagement at the top of the club has stalled an exciting squad that’s been filled with unlucky injuries to key players. The immediate future might not seem as exciting as it could be, but most Spurs fan will know how far they’ve come and the future at their new 61,000-seater stadium should be a promising one.
Spurs fans, are you concerned at all? How much business do you need to do in the summer? Let us know in the comments below!