Former Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm has claimed that the current Spurs squad does not have an old-school style leader who demands a lot from their teammates.
Vorm certainly knows the Spurs squad well, having shared a dressing room with the vast majority of them during his time in North London.
Following his retirement in the summer of 2020, the Dutchman once again returned to Hotspur Way as interim goalkeeping coach after Jose Mourinho’s sacking in April.
The 38-year-old has now suggested that the lack of a vocal leader in the dressing room is one of the reasons behind Tottenham’s inconsistency over the last few years.
He said during his punditry appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live (7/11/21 – from 12.30): “The situation over the past few years has been very up and down.
“I don’t think Tottenham have a real old school leader in the squad that will say, ‘Boys, we need to change this around.'”
Vorm went on to add that the leadership element is something that Antonio Conte will look to address. He also suggested that Harry Kane might struggle to rally the troops at the moment since his form has left a lot to be desired this season.
The former goalkeeper added: “Harry Kane is struggling for goals, he’s focussing on his own performance and so it’s hard to be that leader.
“I think Antonio Conte will make sure that the players speak more and are more direct.”
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Vorm is not the first person to make this claim but he would certainly know the squad better than most.
One of the reasons that I believe almost all the Spurs managers in recent years have stuck with Eric Dier is because the 27-year-old is arguably the only vocal leader in the Spurs changing room at the moment.
One can argue that Hojbjerg is also quite demanding of his teammates, which was perhaps one of the reasons Jose brought him in.
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