Charlie Nicholas claims Pochettino has disrupted something at Spurs

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Charlie Nicholas has given his prediction for Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Sheffield United.

The Premier League newcomers head to North London this afternoon three points ahead of Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the top flight table.

The former Arsenal player has questioned Pochettino’s previous team selections by claiming that the full back pair of Danny Rose and Serge Aurier have not been up to standard this season whilst also suggesting that the changes have disrupted what has been a solid defence in recent seasons.

He is expecting Chris Wilder’s side to stifle Tottenham and come away from the 62,062 capacity seater stadium with a draw to extend the home side’s terrible start to the season.

Tottenham have won only six of their past 23 Premier League fixtures (D6, L11) and have dropped 10 league points from winning positions, second only to Aston Villa’s 11.

The 4-0 win away to Red Star in midweek will hopefully have built some confidence going into the match but will come up against a Blades side who have only conceded eight Premier League goals, the joint-fewest alongside Leicester.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: “Tottenham could have snatched a point at Anfield – they got themselves in the lead at Everton and threw it away. Mauricio Pochettino’s decision-making is quite worrying for the Tottenham players.

“He likes to rotate the full-backs but Serge Aurier is not playing well, while Danny Rose is all over the place. He has disrupted something which was so solid for three seasons at Tottenham.

“Harry Kane should be fit but if not, where do they go up front? Sheffield United battered Burnley and they played superbly. They squeeze together, drop off together, and this style of football upsets the rhythm of the bigger teams. I expect them to unsettle Tottenham and this will be reflected in the result.

“Prediction: 1-1.”

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