Redknapp: Spurs players can't do what Southampton's can

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp says Tottenham's players are simply not cut out for a style of play Southampton excelled at.

Jamie Redknapp claims Tottenham's players are simply not cut out for the pressing game Mauricio Pochettino wants to implement.

The former Spurs midfielder feels the players don't have the work rate those at Tottenham did.

He told SkySports: "Pochettino has come from Southampton, where he maybe didn’t have as talented a bunch as what he’s got at Tottenham but the work ethic and organisation was so much better.

"He wants to play a pressing game and put teams under pressure like he did at Southampton but it’s impossible with that group at Spurs to implement that.

"You can’t ask Nacer Chadli, Lamela and Emmanuel Adebayor to go and press from the front - whereas Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and even Rickie Lambert bought in to that at St Mary’s."

Redknapp's comments however, do not necessarily bear out when taking a look at the statistics.

  SeasonPoss won attacking thirdBall recoveries
Southampton 2013-2014 3.84 60.92
Tottenham 2014-2015 3.8 56

Tottenham have won possession back near enough an equal number of times per game on average in the attacking third, with only a 0.04 differential.

The gap between total ball recoveries is also a slim one, which suggests Tottenham's players aren't as far off the pace, as Redknapp's own perception, and comments suggest.

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