3 things Mauricio Pochettino has to change at Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur are a much better team under Pochettino but that's just about it
The perennial chokers of the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur will finish yet another season trophyless. Even though they have evolved into a far better team that can challenge the who's who of Europe- as evidenced by their victory over Real Madrid in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League- they just can't seem to keep it up and have hence been without silverware for a very long time.
Spurs have a reputation for choking in the big games and a week ago, they bottled it once again in the FA Cup after losing 2-1 to Manchester United though they had gone in front in the early minutes of the game.
Tottenham have quite a few serious problems to tackle in order to transform into the team that they have the potential of becoming and in this slideshow we'll be looking at 3 issues that Pochettino must look into immediately:
#3 Bring in new players to provide Kane, Alli, Eriksen, and Son room to breathe
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son have been at the heart of everything good about Tottenham Hotspur. Kane has kicked on in the same vein as last season and has been as prolific as you'd now expect him to be.
Christian Eriksen has been menacing as the creator-in-chief and hardly ever has an off day. Son and Alli have stepped up to the task and have even gone on to win big games single-handedly.
However, the fact that there are no alternatives for these star performers is a glaring problem. As a result, Mauricio Pochetino has had to rely on these stars week in and week out and that has led to them underperforming on some of the most important nights.
Young players, especially ones who are as good as these 4 will thrive in a competitive environment and right now, Spurs do not have the squad depth to force them into trying to outdo themselves to nail down a starting spot.
To aggravate the problem, when Spurs have a high-profile Champions League or domestic cup encounter coming up, they seem to not be able to afford their star players enough time to recuperate and be present fully fit for that. Essentially, performing well in a big game comes at the cost of being sub-par in the next.
Hence, there is a need for Pochettino to bring in quality attackers so that the pressure on Kane, Son, Eriksen and Alli can be allayed to an extent. But with the rigid wage structure at Tottenham, it will prove to be a difficult task. But it will be one that Poch certainly won't be able to do without.