Opinion: Why Pochettino his not using his bench effectively

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

When the starting line-up for the Olympiacos was announced, I looked at the bench with a couple of raised eyebrows. Whilst there were forward options such as Son and Lamela on the bench, I was surprised that Poch decided to name three holding mids in Dier, Sissoko, and Wanyama.

Surely, it would have made sense to have an actual back up striker on the bench, Troy Parrott. If he is going to gain minutes, this is surely where he can get some opportunities.

I understand that Parrott played in the U19 UEFA Youth League out in Greece, but I just feel as though he is ready to get a few cameos in some big games for Spurs.

Also, if Pochettino knew he was going to play Davinson Sanchez at right-back, surely he should have brought Aurier, even if it was only to make a 20-minute cameo at the end of the match.

The one match this season in which we have played an experienced and orthodox right-back, we won 4-0 against a tough Crystal Palace team.

Finally, Pochettino should make substitutions quicker, he leaves it until the 70th minute to make any meaningful changes and this rarely gives the player coming on enough time to make a difference.

I just think that Poch could be making better use of the strong squad he has at his disposal, rather than leaving everything up to the starting XI he names on the pitch.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. why pooch dident play aurier against greek side strange some of his decisions then problems with verts and toby suggests he isent a happy coach will he be there at season end who knows

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