SkySports pundit accuses Spurs of ‘standing still’

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham whimpered to their second straight defeat yesterday after losing 2-1 to Liverpool in a score line that flattered them dramatically.

The Spurs players were sluggish and sloppy for the entire 90 minutes, rarely offering any kind of threat to the Liverpool goal.

Mistakes from Christian Eriksen and Michel Vorm directly led to the visitors break throughs, with Liverpool having to do very little to create their own chances.

Tottenham now sit six points behind leaders Liverpool and Chelsea, with only five games played.

They will need to drastically improve under Mauricio Pochettino, or face another trophy-less season, and even missing out of the Champions League places for next campaign.

Poch stated after the game that he has full faith in his team, but SkySports pundit Graeme Souness saw things a little differently.

“He’s frustrated,” Souness said on Sky Sports. “He would have wanted four or five players in the summer, but it was obvious he wasn’t going to get them.

“They have the excuse of the new stadium, but to his credit he has toed the party line and said we don’t need players, we have a great squad. They do, but they are going to come up short again. They needed two or three quality players to come in and reinvigorate the squad.

“When you are a player in a squad and a big player comes in you get excited because you think he will make you better. You find another yard in training and want to impress. That invigorates the squad, and Tottenham didn’t have that this year. If you are not buying anyone you are standing still in football terms.

“Everybody you are playing against will have gone out and spent. They have taken a chance to be better and you’re not. That interview was borne out of frustration. He knows he is short and it’s another ‘Groundhog Day’ season.

“It will be like last season and the one before. They will play some really fabulous football, get beaten by the better teams when push comes to shove, and miss out again.”

Is Souness right? Are Spurs condemned to yet another nearly season after failing to sign a single new player in the summer?

Tottenham fans will be hoping that the squad can snap out of whatever lull they are currently in.

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  1. I think Spurs are a victim of the success at the World Cup. Nine Spurs players were involved in the final stages (semifinals, final and the losers’ match). There was then only a short time before the Premier League started. Those Spurs players have not had time to recover and that was plain for all to see against a very good Liverpool team.

  2. Agree with both of you and the success in the World Cup was more reason to do some business. Another problem was no space on our roster. We couldn’t buy a single foreign player unless we had sold one or two. We are paying for our previous poor business. Selling Llorente, Janssen (injured) and Sissoko is going to be hard. We also have Dier and Davies not home grown, which is odd and doesn’t help. This season is going to be transition again. Due to no business, the World Cup and the stadium delay/expenses. 4th would be great. It’s between us, Chelsea and Man U for the two places. Arsenal are further short of what they need than we are.


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