Ex-Premier League player claims Tottenham’s new stadium is the root of major problems

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have now been in their new stadium for 14 games, meaning the ground can hardly be classed as new anymore.

The players have had time to adjust to the new pitch, the new surroundings, and the new atmosphere, yet they continue to underperform when it matters.

Spurs were held to yet another home draw at the weekend as they threw away a 1-0 lead to give Sheffield United a point. This followed the recent last-gasp draw at home to Watford.

Meanwhile, Pochettino faces a mass exit at the end of the season as a number of his first-team players are coming towards the end of their respective contracts.

Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, and Toby Alderweireld have all got well under a year left on their deals and will be able to talk to non-English clubs in January about free transfers in the summer.

Ex-Premier League defender, Mario Melchiot, believes that the stadium is the route of this core squad problem.

He said (Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast Show – TalkSPORT 11/11/19 at 9:15 am): “It’s such a weird thing. They just put themselves in a little bit of a problem. You’ve got a great stadium, but you have so many players who are coming to the end of their contract and you want to, business-wise, it’s either better to let them go or if you cannot sell them put them on the bench.

“He [Pochettino] doesn’t want them around. He only wants players that want to be there and want to play with them.

“It’s the stadium. They all must have forgotten about certain key things. And it isn’t that hard [for whoever job it is to realise players contracts are running out].”

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