What are Tottenham missing to become title winners?

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Tottenham Hotspur fans would have been buzzing after watching the Boxing Day thrashing of Bournemouth.

Spurs were up to second in the League, they were above City, they were just six points behind Liverpool, they had just beaten Everton 6-2 and Bournemouth 5-0. Then Wolves.

Somehow Spurs went from title challengers to pretenders again all in the space of one game, as they endured a shock loss at home to Wolves yesterday.

In hindsight, no fan minds too much seeing their team lose as long as they played well and put the effort in, but Wolves was different.

Over the past few years, Spurs have maybe not been cut-throat enough with opposition, unlike Manchester City and Liverpool.

However, the thrashings against the Toffees and Cherries showed a new side to Tottenham, so what went so horribly wrong?

The first half against Wolves was decent, Tottenham played okay and grabbed a goal to go into the break with, but the side that came out for the second 45 was different.

The pace disappeared, there was no urgency, they let Wolves play, they didn’t use the ball well, and most importantly, that seemed lazy and lethargic.

Who knows if this was fatigue, or a mental factor, but whatever it was, winning when the pressure is on always seems to be Tottenham’s downfall.

When she they have gone for the jugular, they sat off and handed the game to their opponents, something you would never see Liverpool do this season, or Man City last.

Perhaps Tottenham need to get a smaller trophy under their belt first, or bed in some trophy winners into the squad.

Or perhaps Spurs are just missing out on a big transfer budget and a smidge of luck. Whatever the case, something has to be tweaked for Poch’s men to lift a trophy.

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  1. We need someone with the attitude and leadership of a Dave Mackay ..or, more recently, a Roy Keane.
    Winks has a bit of attitude but he needs a powerful figure next to him in central midfield.
    Sissoko, despite his far better form, looked knackered in this game and isn’t the best partner for Winks
    anyway. We have a fine squad, with Dembele to return (possibly Wanyama too will have a say this season), and of course, Dier …but we do lack a leader at certain times to bring the team back into focus when we slip from the high standards we’ve set ourselves. We capitulated in that 2nd half against Wolves, with no one in our team able to prevent it, and get us back on track.

  2. We’re having to rely too heavily on Wink and Sissoko. If we’re honest, with all our central midfielders fit, these two wouldn’t be our first choice. Dembele, Wanyama, Diet, if fit could all do the job we require. There’s been no rotation and the Dembele type replacement is becoming more critical. Let’s push for Rabiot in January


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