Opinion: Five things that are plain wrong at Tottenham after another winless game

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have gone yet another game without a win in the Premier League, with their last three points coming all the way back on Boxing Day last year.

It was another frustrating affair today for the away supporters, as Spurs created little in front of goal and were also denied a scruffy winner by mere millimetres.

Let’s take a look at five things that are just wrong with the club at the moment:

No striker – 

The biggest issue for Spurs. They have started defending better and earning the odd clean sheet, yet the goals have dried up at the other end. Kane is injured and there is literally no one to replace him. Son and Moura are not strikers. Spurs have bought no new forwards in the January window. At the moment, it is a melee of midfielders shooting when they should be passing and passing when they should be shooting.

No investment –

This January window should have been a chance to cut out the deadwood and invest in new players. Scratch that, this should have happened last summer under Pochettino. There are multiple players who you just know are not there for the long-term, yet they continue to play. There are positions that need strengthening, yet no investment. Spurs will just slip back into mediocrity if they are not careful.

No consistent defence –

Mourinho, at least for now, needs to pick his four or five best defenders and play them week in week out. We know he likes Aurier and Alderweireld, so they are consistent picks. Tanganga and Sanchez should both be regulars in a back three, while Sessegnon should be playing on the left. Tanganga at left-back today was a shocking choice.


Long ball football is all well and good at times when you need to mix it up, but basing your game plan around it when you have just Lucas Moura isolated up front is madness. Spurs need a focal point, and even then they must be more calculated in their attacks.

Hollow in the middle –

I really feel for Harry Winks. He is sitting in and being disciplined in order to allow others to push forward and attack, yet he is left alone to defend. He has the job of two or three players at the moment, and once you lose the battle in the centre of the pitch, you often lose the game.

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  1. So why doesn’t Mourinho of all people know these things? Why is he playing Tanganga and Alli out of position when he has better alternatives? It’s bad enough that they’re playing a month or more now without a striker, and maybe indefinitely the way things are looking, but to fail the basics of using what players you have to best advantage? Now would be a good time to trade in some of his “special” qualities for a modicum of common sense.


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