Tottenham’s poor start to the season has seen many in the press as well as some fans on social media question if Mauricio Pochettino has taken the club as far as he could.
Elimination in the Carabao Cup by League Two outfit Colchester United came as a brutal shock for the Lilywhites who are yet to register an away win in a competitive fixture since January.
The defeat further mounted the pressure on the team as well as Pochettino but former Spurs striker Peter Crouch has asserted confidently that the club will come through this difficult period and that Pochettino is the man to get them through it.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Crouch wrote, “On the opening day of last season, when Tottenham headed to Newcastle with a dark cloud hanging over them, I made a firm prediction.
“Regardless of the fact that they had not made a signing in that summer’s transfer window, I insisted Tottenham would finish in the top four. There was one major reason for my confidence: Mauricio Pochettino.
“He had signed a new contract in May 2018, which was the finest business my old club could have done that summer.
“The rest is history. Tottenham retained their Champions League position and then, beyond anybody’s expectations, contested the final of that competition. I’m not telling you anything you don’t know but I just want to spell that out as a reminder after a testing week for the club.
“Once again, a dark cloud is following Tottenham. It has been a difficult start to the season, culminating in a shock penalty shootout defeat by Colchester United on Tuesday, but this is not some indication that everything is about to start unravelling.
“Pochettino is the best thing that has happened to Tottenham in 20 years. I say that as someone who was at the club in the late 1990s and, again, 10 years later when Harry Redknapp took charge: I’ve seen good and bad times first hand and I know what I’m seeing now.”
The 38-year-old also refused to accept that Spurs’ form was anything more than a minor blip and remained confident that they will finish in the top four for the fifth season running.
Crouch added, “This is a blip, nothing more. I was at Leicester seven days ago and I didn’t see too much wrong with their performance. They should, really, have won that game and I will argue with anyone who thinks VAR was brought in to decide offside calls like the one which went against Son Heung-min.
“If Serge Aurier’s goal had stood, Tottenham would have gone into today’s game with Southampton in third place. As it stands, they are seventh. Not ideal, of course, but not any reason for people to believe the relationship between club and manager has run its course.
“Tottenham will finish in the top four again and I have absolutely no doubt about that.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I agree with everything Crouchy has written and have no doubt that we will turn our form around. I find it baffling that any Spurs fan would serious consider replacing Pochettino given how far he has taken the club in the past five years. He has been extremely loyal to us and it is now time for us to repay that loyalty.
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