‘Gone backwards’ – Spurs legend name drops five ex-players in bleak review

Graham Roberts
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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has claimed that the club have gone backwards after watching the North Londoners suffer a 1-0 defeat at West Ham United.

Nuno Espirito Santo took the decision to rest the eleven players who won at Newcastle United when they faced Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday night and saw his side on the receiving end of a defeat.

The Portuguese recalled all of his Newcastle starting eleven to return to action at the London Stadium, where at least a point would have taken Spurs into the top four of the Premier League table.

Spurs’ awful form in London derbies continued courtesy of a second-half goal from Michail Antonio which now means that Nuno’s side have an ugly 10-1 scoreline aggregate in their losses against Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and West Ham.

Roberts believes that Spurs once had the best three full-backs in the top flight when they had Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose within their ranks and believes that the club have failed to replace Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen in helping to provide a creative spark in the final third.

The 62-year-old, who lifted the UEFA Cup and FA Cup during his time as a player believes that Spurs are now considerably behind the top seven clubs in the Premier League.

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It has been a spectacular fall from grace from the side which was so pleasing on the eye during Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at Tottenham with Daniel Levy passing up the opportunity to strengthen his squad during two transfer windows when it looked as if the club were so close to silverware – now we are a million miles away.

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  1. Very true Graham (met him at Swindon Town a few years ago). The manager hunt was embarrassing. Paratici left us a bit short in the window. The club also didn’t buy Romero yet, so technically spent very little. Like last season we need Kane and Son on top form and probably surprised that Kane has been quite poor and Son very good at times and poor at others. They don’t see the ball enough and we aren’t missing many chances as we aren’t creating them. The whole set up is horrible to watch. The late introduction of the subs sums the manager up. Felt for poor Gil and Lo Celso with no time to do anything. I’ve shared a season ticket for 10 years, but no more next season. The club has let itself down again.


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