Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale were playing for themselves during Tottenham’s 3-1 loss against Leeds on Saturday.
Ryan Mason decided to keep faith in the same eleven that thrashed Sheffield United 4-0 but his side simply failed to get going in the first half at Elland Road, with the home team dominating proceedings.
Spurs gave a much better account of themselves after the interval as they pushed for an equaliser but North Londoners failed to take their chances and were punished by Leeds, who scored through a late counter-attack.
Mason stated after the game that he was pleased with the effort his players put in despite the result but Agbonlahor admitted that he saw things differently.
The interim Spurs boss had previously revealed that he had told the players that they do not have to call him ‘gaffer’ and Agbonlahor insisted that is part of the problem that the 29-year-old faces in his current role.
The former Aston Villa striker told Football Insider: “That’s the problem with Ryan Mason and why he will definitely not get the job.
“If a player like Bale is not tracking back with his runners, a Pep Guardiola or a Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t stand for it and they’d tell him about it. Ryan Mason wouldn’t have said a word. That’s the problem.
“They’re not going to call him gaffer. I understand it but going forward you cannot have a club where the manager is not being called gaffer.”
Agbonlahor also claimed that Tottenham’s front three could have done more to help their defence out on Saturday.
He added: “It looked like a team that players are trying to score for themselves. Bale, Kane and Son were trying to play only for themselves.
“The defenders looked like they didn’t want to defend. They’re in a really bad way are Spurs.”
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