The worrying fact that proves Pochettino doesn’t know his best team

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has a worrying habit of making half-time changes.

Tottenham Hotspur are going through something of a crisis at the moment.

Some will claim that is too dramatic a description, but a number of Spurs fans are unhappy with what is going on at White Hart Lane and they are demanding both answers and changes.

Yet while the results continue to disappoint and Tottenham maintain their role as the Jekyll and Hyde of the division, there is a worrying trend that suggests manager Mauricio Pochettino is still some way from knowing his best side.

Against Stoke City – a match Tottenham would ultimately lose 2-1 – Pochettino made two changes at half-time, taking off Andros Townsend and Christian Eriksen and replacing them with Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele.

In the previous match – against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League – the Spurs boss made another half-time substitution, taking off Lamela and introducing Roberto Soldado. While in their league match against Aston Villa, Spurs hooked Eriksen at the interval in favour of the Argentine.

A pattern is starting to form, and it is one that stretches further back, with Tottenham’s Capital One Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion again seeing a half-time change, with Aaron Lennon replaced by Lamela.

You have to go back five matches to the last time Pochettino did not make a half-time change, suggesting that more recently he has either doubted his decisions or simply made the wrong ones prior to kick-off.

With players fearing the half-time hook or wondering if they will be thrown on at the break, and with tactics and personnel changed at a worrying rate, it is no surprise Tottenham are not performing consistently.

The only hope for their fans is that after the international break Pochettino has a far better idea of who to choose…and to stick with.

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