Paul Merson has claimed that Tottenham are the worst team to watch in the whole of the Premier League at the moment due to their lack of attacking intent.
Spurs started the season scoring for fun but the goals have dried up significantly in recent weeks while they have also started leaking goals at the back.
With Harry Kane out with a double ankle injury, the team has looked devoid of any ideas in attack over the past three matches, with Tottenham’s only goal in those three games coming from a long-range strike from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg against Liverpool.
Merson stated that he was shocked to see how poor Spurs have been going forward in recent matches and claimed that even sides near the bottom of the table are showing more attacking ambition.
The former Arsenal man told Sky Sports: “Some Tottenham fans will see this, while some might think I’m being harsh, but Tottenham are the worst team in the Premier League to watch, at the moment.
“Sheffield United are bottom of the league and have only won two matches, but they went to Manchester the other week and didn’t do what Tottenham did at home, and Sheffield United have got nowhere near the talent Spurs have got.
“Fulham haven’t got the talent but at least they tried to have a go at Leicester.
“Thursday evening’s game, the first half, for a Tottenham fan was embarrassing. It was embarrassing at the highest level. I sat and watched, and I could not believe what I was watching. It is mind-blowing what Jose Mourinho must be saying to those players.
“Poor Carlos Vinicius up front. He’s playing up front on his own 20 yards away from every other player.”
The pundit insisted that Kane’s absence does not justify the risk-averse way in which Mourinho is setting the team up at the moment.
The pundit added: “Liverpool have got massive players missing but they still have a go. They don’t park the bus because they’ve got no centre-halves. They stick to the same philosophy.
“This is as bad a football as you’ll see, at the moment. Even West Brom are going and having a go. Newcastle went to Everton and had a go. Of course, it was a from a base, but you can’t just sit 10 behind the ball and just hope.
“It’s just hope football. Hope that they score first and then they have something to play for.”
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It is not often I agree with Merson but some of his criticism here is valid. Even putting aside our first-half performance against Chelsea, I do not understand why we approached the game against Brighton so negatively, considering that the Seagulls had not won at home all season.
I thought we were starting to see Mourinho change his approach to a higher block following our impressive performance against Sheffield United. However, we seem to have reverted back to a low-block after Kane’s injury and it simply has not worked.
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