Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has questioned Tottenham’s mentality following the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend.
Neville criticised the way Tottenham went to sleep after the break against Alan Pardew’s side suggesting that Mauricio Pochettino needs to sharpen up the mentality running through the side.
“When I think about Tottenham, nothing has changed – They’re weak, weak mentally and that gives the manager a big problem,” said Neville on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.
“The big challenge Pochettino has is transforming the mentality at the club over the next two to three years.”
Neville was particularly critical of several Tottenham players who he said were asleep as Newcastle kicked off for the second half, launching the ball into the channel for Sammy Ameobi to run onto and score.
Neville claimed that Newcastle kick-off in the same way and it’s something that Spurs should have been aware of.
“This is something they knew about – Vertonghen and Rose are having a chat on the left, Kaboul’s looking at the floor – Dier has only just got back into position after coming out late.”
Tottenham have been affected by a problem which plagues them after Europa League games, losing three out of four matches after European games so far this season.
The victory over Southampton, which followed a Thursday night game, is the sort of performance which Neville seems to suggest is missing too frequently from Tottenham.
Pochettino has done a good job since he came in as manager and it was only natural that it would take him time to get to know his players, the way they work and the adjusting to the philosophy he wants to create at the club.
Pochettino is not a naïve manager and he will already be aware of the laid back way Spurs approached the second half against Newcastle and he’ll be looking to correct that against Brighton in the League Cup this week and then Aston Villa next weekend.