Saturday 24 August 2019

John Giles: A good Spurs season but one important weakness means I'm not fully convinced by Pochettino

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

John Giles

It was sad to see White Hart Lane, a ground I loved to play in, crumble under the wrecking ball but I thought Spurs handled the day and marked the occasion with a touch of class.

I’m in danger of becoming a Daniel Levy fan.  He showed great respect for the players and managers of the past who made the club  Now he needs to do the same for this generation.

Spurs were very good all season but to move up a level, they need a midfield.

Between them, Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama scored seven goals all season and although they played a big part in limiting Spurs opposition to just 24 to date, I believe Mauricio Pochettino (pictured) must adjust his midfield balance to really thrive.

Defensively excellent and with the best attacking partnership in the league in Harry Kane and Dele Alli, imagine what they could be with someone like Edin Hazard or N’Golo Kante to pull the strings.

I know players like this are hard to find but you have to try.

I’m not fully convinced by Pochettino because he has had three years to build and has ended up with players in midfield who are limited and do not create anything. He will get money this summer and how he spends it will tell me a great deal about him as a manager.

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