Alan Shearer explains why Tottenham’s softness could see them miss out on top four

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham have been extremely consistent since Mauricio Pochettino came to the club back in the summer of 2014.

In fact, Spurs are the only team apart from Manchester City to finish in the top four in the past four seasons in a row.

One of the features of Tottenham under Pochettino that has made them so hard to beat over the last few years has been their solidity at the back.

However, based on the evidence of the first few games of this campaign, that defensive solidity has now disappeared as Spurs are yet to win a game away from home.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has said that Tottenham have a ‘softness’ about them at the moment that is costing them points on the road.

In his column for the BBC, Shearer [email protected] “Leicester played poorly when they lost to United last week. However, they showed their qualities when they beat Tottenham on Saturday and deserved the three points.

“Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs team are having a difficult time at the moment, especially away from home – they have not managed a league victory on the road since January.

“Tottenham have led by a goal at half-time in their past three away matches – against Arsenal, Olympiakos and now the Foxes – but failed to win any of them, which tells you they have a softness about them that they do not seem able to put right.

“They had a brilliant season last time out, reaching the Champions League final and making the top four of the Premier League for a fourth successive year under Pochettino – but they still seem a long way from reaching the next level and mounting a serious title challenge.”

The former England international also warned the Lilywhites that they might miss out on the top 4, particularly given Leicester City’s rise under Brendan Rodgers.

Shearer added, “Rodgers targeted the top six over the summer and from what we have seen so far, his side not only have a brilliant chance of making it, the top four is a real possibility for them too.

“They definitely should not be scared of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Tottenham, because their recent performances have shown us there is absolutely nothing to fear.”

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It is still fairly early in the season to hit the panic buttons just yet. While Tottenham have made a disappointing start to the season, had a couple of big moments gone our way against Leicester on Saturday, then the conversation we would be having would have been entirely different. I still back the team to turn their form around in the next few weeks.

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