Is Moussa Dembele's criticism of the Tottenham pitch ridiculous? One high profile supporter certainly thinks so.
There has been much finger pointing and inward looking questioning after Tottenham's 1-0 win over Hull at the weekend. Just imagine if they had lost.
First manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised supporters for creating a negative atmosphere which had led to the team being on edge. Spurs have scored more than one goal at home in the Premier League just once all season.
Then Moussa Dembele turned around and criticised the shape of the pitch. Anything but yourselves, right lads?
Here's what the Belgian had to say: "It's not easy for us, we know that some teams are going to come here and make a block, and we don't have a big pitch so it's even more difficult.
"A small pitch makes it harder. If we have more space, it's easier for us, but we have to find a way."
Statistically, Tottenham's pitch is the 19th biggest in the Premier League - in other words the smallest barring West Ham's.
The reasoning though clearly cuts no ice with bullish Tottenham supporter Lord Sugar, who took to Twitter this afternoon to address Dembele's reasoning:
As ex chairman of Spurs I thought I had heard all excuses from players. This takes the cake.Dembele says the pitch at WHL is too small.— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) October 29, 2013
It's unlikely much sympathy will be felt in general with Dembele, with the pitch always the same for both teams, it is Spurs who play there regularly and have an advantage in acclimatising to it's particular dimensions.
However with Spurs planning their new stadium, if the current hierarchy at the club take note of and show more sympathy to Dembele's comments than their former chairman, increasing the pitch size might just become part of the planning.
What do you think of the arguments for and against?
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