Report: Alternative league table could hint at why Spurs became stale under Pochettino

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It wasn’t long ago that Tottenham were challenging for the Premier League title with the likes of Leicester City and Chelsea, playing swashbuckling football that had many of their rivals watching on with envy.

The Lilywhites went unbeaten in the final season at White Hart Lane and might have ended up Premier League champions if not for Antonio Conte’s brilliant Chelsea side.

After coming close for two consecutive seasons, there was a feeling that a Premier League title could be just around the corner for Spurs, but things quickly tailed off and grew stale for the Lilywhites.

While they managed to retain their Champions League place over the past two years, the team is in very real risk of dropping out of the top four this campaign.

A study by CIES Football Observatory (as relayed by talkSPORT) has now looked into how many players all 20 Premier League clubs have used since January 2015. It revealed that Spurs have used fewer than any of the other clubs in that time with just 51 players.

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This suggests that the Lilywhites have not refreshed their squad as much as others in the league over the past five seasons, justifying Mauricio Pochettino’s assertions about needing to rebuild the squad.

In fairness to Daniel Levy, the rebuilding of the squad started last summer with some high profile arrivals and we had a productive January transfer window with the acquisitions of Fernandes and Bergwijn.

This summer was crucial as the rebuild had to continue but, unfortunately, the coronavirus shutdown has probably caused the club to reconsider their plans. We will likely be looking for bargain deals but it is vital that we add at least three or four players in this summer.

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