Tottenham Hotspur are a club in turmoil. Expected to prosper and break into the top four of the Premier League under manager Mauricio Pochettino this season, the North London outfit are currently languishing in the bottom half of the table.
After 11 rounds of matches in the English top flight, Spurs find themselves in 12th place with just 14 points - five points above the relegation zone and four behind fourth-placed West Ham United.
Pochettino has been criticised for Tottenham’s disappointing performances so far, while the club’s technical director Franco Baldini and chairman Daniel Levy have also come under scrutiny.
However, the key players in Spurs’ troublesome start to the season are, well, the players. After all, there is so much the manager and his seniors can do.
The likes of Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen all have underperformed, despite being key members of the squad.
It has now been revealed by ESPN that many players in the Tottenham squad are reluctant to push themselves too hard or accept Pochettino’s ideas.
‘Under Levy, Tottenham have had six different bosses since 2007 and the source said that the amount of managerial turnover over the past few years has made some players resistant to investing in any deeper transformation in philosophy, precisely because they expect an eventual change in the coaching staff’, states the report.
It is an interesting insight, and one that shows just how a club’s decisions over a matter of years can affect the players,
But even then, one needs to question the players’ attitude. As much as one should criticise Pochettino and Tottenham as a club, the current players have to shoulder the responsibility.
After all, it is not the manager’s fault or Levy’s mistake if they fail to convert a penalty or mistime a tackle inside the penalty box that costs them the three points.