Pundit claims there’s something ‘personal’ going on with Pochettino and his squad

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Dom Le Roy

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has claimed that the current situation at Tottenham Hotspur is proving to be damaging.

Newcastle United came away from North London with a surprise victory on Sunday in a toothless performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The Spurs boss decided to drop Christian Eriksen to the bench for the match with his future at the club still up in the air.

Cascarino believes that a decision has to be made on the Dane’s future and he should be left out of the match day squad completely if he is not planning on being at the club in the long term.

The pundit also suggested that there is something personal going on behind the scenes between Pochettino and the players which is not helping the harmony among the squad.

Spurs will now have to regroup and prepare for Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal where a performance of the level we witnessed against the Magpies will not be accepted by the supporters.

“I think [Spurs] have got two choices. If you actually feel he’s not going to be part of Tottenham’s future, you’ll get him out of the squad and you don’t have him on the bench and changing games,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty with a lot of players at Spurs. You’ve touched on [Jan] Vertonghen and if you asked any Spurs fan who they believed was their best defender, they would say Vertonghen.

“There’s Kyle Walker-Peters at right back – uncertainty as he’s just got into the team. Hopefully he’ll be a really good player for Spurs.

“Then you look at [Harry] Winks in midfield and I think he’s still got a long way to go.

“And you look at Danny Rose, Eriksen, Vertonghen – even Lucas Moura, who’s starting games and not doing so good but comes on much better.

“I’ve got a real sense that something personal is going on within the squad with Pochettino at the moment.

“Spurs have achieved a hell of a lot from where they were and where they are today under Pochettino.

“But there’s certain things I’m seeing and I’m not convinced it’s a happy camp there at the moment.”


It doesn’t take an expert to work out that there is something wrong at Tottenham at the moment; the closure of the European transfer window and three points at the Emirates will hopefully go some way to restoring the good feeling in N17.

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  1. The problem is with Levy and Poch..Promises made have not been fulfilled i.e. Poch’s remarks about a plan B are echos of concerns expressed over the last 2 -3 years which have been ignored by Levy..

  2. I do not know what’s going on. This I know that that was by far the performance that our team could play. What I noticed is that who come Jose came to this match. Is there anything going on behind the scenes ? I say to our players go and give us the performance of your lives next Sunday and to Poch please do not leave out our best players..Jan for example instead of the headless chicken (Sanchez) He was useless against Newcastle and if Harry is not on form nobody is irreplaceable. Lamela must not keep dancing around on the ball he is in England not back in South America.


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